Former Swansea City manager, Paul Clement who was sacked by the club on Wednesday has expressed his "sadness and regret" at leaving the club, stating that managing the club was "very challenging" this season.
The English gaffer in a statement released by the League Managers Association (LMA) stated that it was unfortunate that he couldn't replicate last season's positive results in this campaign, adding that his proudest achievement as a manager came at the club when he saved them from relegation last season.
Clement expressed his gratitude to the club owners, Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien for the opportunity to manage the club for the last 12 months, adding that he was grateful to the players and the fans for their efforts and support throughout his stay at the Welsh club.
The 45-year-old added that he was looking forward to his next challenge in football management.
The statement read;
"It is with great sadness and regret that I have left my position as Head Coach of Swansea City AFC.
I would like to thank the majority owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien for the opportunity to lead the team for the past 12 months as well as the Supporters Trust and the many loyal fans of the Club.
When I arrived at Swansea City on the 3rd of January, the team had 12 points and were bottom of the league. Together we managed to achieve 29 points in 19 games, culminating in a 15th place finish and ensuring the Club would compete in the Premier League for a 7th consecutive year. It was by far my proudest and greatest achievement as a Coach.
However, this season, in very challenging circumstances I was unable to replicate the positive results.
Behind the scenes, I worked with some great people. I enjoyed a very positive relationship with the Chairman Huw Jenkins who I know cares deeply about the Football Club.
I thank the Players for their efforts and wish them the all best for the future.
I now look forward to my next challenge in football management.
Good luck Swansea City AFC.
Clement arrived at Swansea City in January with the club stuck at the bottom of the table and was able to guide them to a 15th-place finish in the EPL last season.
However, this season did not go as planned following the sales of their star players, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente with the club sitting bottom of the table with just 12 points and three wins in 18 games.
Swansea play host to Crystal Palace on Saturday with the caretaker manager, Leon Britton in charge of the club whilst the management decides the club's next manager.