Swans boss Paul Clement is one proud man after guiding Swansea City to Premier League safety.
With the Swans looking odds on for relegation when he arrived in January as the club’s third manager that season, Clement upset the bookies with his own version of The Great Escape.
After Swansea’s 2-0 win at Sunderland on Saturday, Crystal Palace’s 4-0 victory over fellow relegation strugglers Hull on Sunday sent the Tigers down to the Championship with Middlesbrough and Sunderland.
It took Swansea’s points tally to 38 and safety with West Brom still to come at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday in what should be a fantastic finale to a difficult and nail-biting campaign.
“I am very proud of what we have achieved in the second half of the season,’’ declared Clement, “especially when you put into context where we were when I arrived - bottom of the table with just 12 points from 19 games.
“It’s been a collective effort from everyone connected to the club; so congratulations to the players, backroom staff, club staff and definitely our supporters for their help in getting us over the line.
“I honestly thought it would go down to the last game of the season. But credit to the players for showing the form they have over the last four games to pick up 10 points from a possible 12.
“They deserve to be where they are - playing in the Premier League again.’’
This weekend’s results means the Swans will face West Brom on Sunday safe in the knowledge that they will be competing in the top flight for a seventh consecutive season come August.
“I’m not complaining it hasn’t gone to the last game as I predicted,’’ joked Clement. “And I’m sure the fans will feel the same way after everything they’ve been through this season.
“Our supporters have been amazing. It’s been tough for them at times, but they’ve stuck with us all the way and I’m delighted for them more than anyone.
“I’m looking forward to enjoying the last game of the season with them at the Liberty on Sunday. It should be a fantastic atmosphere.
“We will be aiming to finish the season strongly and reach 41 points. Then we can look forward and make sure we are stronger next season.’’