Paul Clement relishes being back at Chelsea six years after the boot

Former Chelsea assistant manager shown the door when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked returns at the helm of a resurgent Swansea City

Paul Clement allowed himself a moment to linger on Chelsea’s double-winning side. The names up and down an imposing spine tripped off his tongue and memories of the cricket scores they ran up over the campaign’s final weeks prompted a smile, before thoughts sped forward a year to the parting of the ways. The end had come at Goodison Park within an hour of a defeat to Everton on the season’s final afternoon with the manager, Carlo Ancelotti, dismissed in a poky corridor outside the away changing room.

His assistant would have to wait a little while longer to learn his own fate. “I’d gone to have a drink with David Moyes in his office, so Carlo only told me on the bus on the way back to the airport that he’d been sacked by Ron [Gourlay, the chief executive] just by the dressing rooms,” Clement says. “He’d been half expecting it given what had happened leading in to that game. Maybe he didn’t expect it to happen right at that moment, mind, but there you go. Anyway, word gradually got around the bus and by the time we got back to Cobham everyone knew, so we all went up to town – Frank Lampard, John Terry, Ashley Cole, all the senior players – and had a really good night out.”

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