Paul Clement happy to work alongside Dan Altman at Swansea

05 January 2017 05:09

New Swansea boss Paul Clement will work alongside 'Moneyball' expert Dan Altman to target recruits in the January transfer window.

Clement was officially unveiled as the club's new head coach two days after his appointment and stepping on to the touchline at Crystal Palace, where a 2-1 victory lifted Swansea within a point of Premier League safety.

The 44-year-old's predecessor Bob Bradley had spoken of a list of January transfer targets that Swansea had drawn up before his departure last week.

But Clement admits he has some of his own targets in mind after choosing to swap life as Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Bayern Munich for a Premier League relegation battle.

"I've had assurances from the club that the opportunity (to buy players) will be there in the transfer window," Clement said.

"Before I came there were discussions and targets, those targets are known to me now.

"I bring with me some of my own ideas and thoughts on where we need to strengthen and players I've seen and like.

"It has to be done quickly. But I'm gathering information, that started against Palace, and it's only fair to see what they (the current players) can offer."

Swansea were taken over last summer by an American consortium fronted by Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien, and have hired former economics journalist Altman, of North Yard Analytics, as the club's 'Moneyball' expert.

'Moneyball' is the use of statistical analysis to buy what is undervalued and sell what is overvalued.

And Clement is comfortable with the input of New York-based Altman using data to analyse the current squad and help identify transfer targets as part of the 'due diligence process'.

"I'm a believer statistical analysis should be part of the jigsaw puzzle that goes together to help recruit players and assess your own team," Clement said.

"I have experience of this, I've travelled in the United States and visited a number of sports teams that use data.

"It is my belief it should be used as part of the due diligence process in deciding who should come to the club.

"But it's just one part, because you can't take away the expertise of the scouting, calls to get information about a player's character and their professionalism.

"We we will be using data as part of the whole picture. Dan is someone hired by Steve and Jason, but he's sent me through some information.

"He's an intelligent man and an expert in the field."

Clement faced the media with many Swansea fans upset by the fact that club stalwart Alan Curtis will not be part of his coaching staff.

Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi will be joining the backroom staff, and Clement confirmed that talks were planned on Friday with Curtis and fellow first-team coach Paul Williams about their futures at the club.

Curtis, 62, has been part of the first-team set-up to varying degrees under each of the past four managers.

He has also carried out every job from player to community officer to caretaker manager since he first joined in 1972 - and took charge of Tuesday's win at Palace.

"Alan has been here many years, a legend as a player, and the situation with Alan is we want him to stay at the club," Clement said.

"I've had discussions with Huw Jenkins today, as far as he's concerned Alan has a job here as long as he wants, for life if necessary.

"He's respected by everyone at the club, but he will be stepping down from first-team coaching duties on the field. I hope he stays and that role will be discussed.

"I'm sure there will be fans disappointed he's not involved in the first team but this happens all the time at other clubs."

Source: PA


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