Liverpool’s recent opponents have not exactly had the festive spirit. In recent weeks Everton and West Bromwich Albion have both sacked their managers prior to a showdown with the Reds, and instead of gladly giving Liverpool all three points, they have cruelly decided to share the spoils. They really need to learn the gift of giving (and, you know, not playing defensive, shit football).
In keeping with this tradition, Swansea City have also sacked their manager Paul Clement. And like the aforementioned clubs, the Swans will almost immediately thereafter have a showdown with Liverpool.
While the new manager “bounce” is often over-stated, it has seemed to play a part in Liverpool’s recent set backs against Everton and West Brom (well, that and helpful assists from the refs). Along these lines, it is noteworthy that Clement recorded his first victory as Swansea manager against Liverpool last January.
Although no replacement has been named, the manager currently leading the betting markets is the man singlehandedly responsible for sucking more joy out of the football viewing experience than anyone in the last decade or so, Tony Pulis.
Louis van Gaal and Ronald Koeman are second and third favorites according to the oddsmakers.
Swansea, I know you want to survive the drop this season, but is it really worth it if you have to watch Pulisball for the next 6 months or longer?
Anyway, the more pressing matter from the Swans’ perspective is the Saturday showdown with another relegation battler, Crystal Palace.
Swansea are currently bottom of the league on just 12 points and a -15 goal differential. However, they are just 6 points back of Southampton in 12th place (and 5 points back of Palace in 14th). In short, nearly half the league is currently in danger of getting dragged into the relegation scrap on a given week, and Swans could easily play their way to safety with the right hire.
Hopefully they find their feet after playing Liverpool.