Learn all about our new man in charge at Madejski Stadium. From lifting the UEFA Champions League Trophy to preserving Swansea City’s top-flight status – it’s all in our extensive fact file…
Name: Paul Clement
Clubs: Fulham, Chelsea, Blackburn Rovers, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich
Managerial Roles: Derby County, Swansea City
The Early Years…
Wandsworth born, Clement hails from an experienced professional footballing family. His father, Dave Clement, played for QPR almost 500 times and was a full England international.
Clement’s brother, Neil, was a product of Chelsea’s Academy and played for a number of clubs, including Reading during the first season at Madejski Stadium in 1998/99.
Following the family tradition, Clement also played football at non-league level for Banstead Athletic and Corinthian Casuals before focusing his attention on coaching at the age of 23.
In 1999, Clement obtained his UEFA A License and began working in Chelsea’s Academy whilst also working as a PE teacher at Glenthorne High School.
Just a year later, he began working full-time in football for Fulham within their Academy as their Head of Education and Welfare.
During this time, Clement crossed paths with Paul McShane when coaching within the Republic Of Ireland Under-21 set-up.
The Return to Chelsea…
In 2007, Clement returned to Chelsea on a full-time basis and began working his way up the coaching system.
The arrival of Guus Hiddink in 2009 saw Clement handed his first opportunity at first-team level and it was one that he grasped with both hands.
It was Hiddink’s successor, though, who provided Clement with a platform to flourish – enter Carlo Ancelotti!
The Carlo Ancelotti Years…
Replacing Hiddink, Ancelotti took over the reins at Stamford Bridge before the start of the 2009/10 Premier League campaign. Clement became his assistant soon after.
A league title and the FA Cup soon followed that season.
Ancelotti left the following season, with Clement following shortly after. For four months, the new Royals boss then joined Blackburn Rovers, assisting former Reading youth coach Steve Kean in their 2011/12 Premier League campaign.
The subsequent season, Clement was reunited with Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain and helped the club to win their first league title since 1994!
A switch to the Santiago Bernabeu then followed for the highly-rated pair. And more success came their way with them winning the UEFA Champions League, the Copa del Rey and the FIFA Club World Cup.
Over the course of his spells at both PSG and Real Madrid, Clement coached the likes of David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimović and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Switch to Management…
In June 2015, Clement was announced as the Head Coach of Championship side Derby County. The switch marked Clement’s first taste of management.
Impressively, Clement inspired the Rams to reach the Championship’s summit on Boxing Day thanks to just one loss in 19 games.
A winless run of seven saw Derby drop to fifth place and although still within five points of league leaders Hull City he parted company with County at the beginning of February that same season.
Soon after, Clement was reunited with Ancelotti once more at Bayern Munich when he was named as the assistant manager in June 2016.
Retaining Premier League Status...
On 3rd January 2017, Clement returned to management – succeeding Bob Bradley as the new Head Coach of seemingly relegation-bound Swansea City.
At the time he joined, Swansea sat at the foot of the Premier League – however, under Clement’s guidance, the Swans won 26 points from 18 games to retain their top-flight status.
During this time, Clement recorded an emphatic 3-2 victory over Liverpool at Anfield and was named as Premier League Manager of the Month for January.
Since departing Swansea, Clement has spent his time living in California and learning about sporting culture in America.
On Friday 23rd March, Clement was announced as the new manager of the Royals on a three-year deal.