Louis van Gaal favourite to replace Paul Clement at Swansea City

Clement, who saved Swansea from relegation last season after being appointed in January, paid the price for the club's dismal form which has seen them claim only three Premier League wins all season.

Asked what has gone wrong at the club, Neville - sat next to Giggs - joked: "They didn't appoint him".

Other names in the frame include Ronald Koeman, Slaven Bilic, Frank de Boer, Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic and Sheffield United chief Chris Wilder.

"To change the manager, especially at only the halfway point of the season, is the last thing we wanted to do as a club", chairman Huw Jenkins said in a statement on the official Swansea website.

"We had three different manager last season and as a result we all wanted to give Paul as much time as possible to turn things around". Even though many in the boardroom had been supportive of the manager, he had to go after the club's rock bottom position in the Premier League.

It would be an ambitious move for the Swans as Martinez is now head coach of Belgium and will be taking them to Russian Federation for next summer's World Cup finals.

But, with 12 minutes left, Ayew struck with a viciously swerving effort from 20 yards to give Swansea just an eighth point from 10 home Premier League games this season, leaving them four points adrift of safety. They lost Sigurdsson, they lost Llorente, and probably never replaced them.

Former Derby manager Clement arrived at Swansea with a wealth of experience after working with some of the biggest teams in Europe as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

  • Latoya Cobb