Real Madrid coach Clement plays down talk of imminent switch into management

Paul Clement, left, says he is happy at Real Madrid

Paul Clement, left, says he is happy at Real Madrid

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Paul Clement last night moved to cool talk of an imminent move into management – as Albion’s search for a new boss continued.

The Real Madrid coach has featured prominently in the betting to replace Oscar Garcia, who resigned more than a fortnight ago.

He has also been linked with vacant posts at West Brom and Celtic.

But, while not totally shutting the door on a summer switch, the former Chelsea, Blackburn and PSG coach hinted he would remain in his current role with the newly-crowned European champions next season.

Clement said: “Working for Real Madrid is a fantastic experience and I’m very happy here at the moment.

“My family are settled and we’d like to stay and enjoy this experience.

“But, yes, I do have ambitions to make that step at some point in the near future to be a manager.

“Right club, right time, I’d like to do it, but at the moment I’m going to enjoy the experience here. “We just have to wait and see.”

Clement would be an intriguing appointment but he has sights set on more success at the Bernabeu after helping Madrid win the Champions League and Spanish Cup.

He told talkSPORT radio: “Every day I’m working at a fantastic club – great players and we’re competing for big trophies.

“Next year we’ll play in the game against the UEFA Cup winners, we’ll play in the World Club Championship as well as competing for the other three trophies (league, cup and Champions League) again so it’s exciting.”

Albion chairman Tony Bloom and chief executive Paul Barber are talking to candidates this week and are pleased with the quality of contenders on their short list.

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6:18am Tue 27 May 14

JeffLomer says...

Morning boys, I commented about this story yesterday i heard it why does the argus run the story half a day late, i tell you why they have much as a clue as all us Brighton fans have, we all like to guess who the next guy would be, there saying CLEMENT is staying in Madrid that is his choice, who says he been approached same with Sherwood seven days ago they said favourite great fit for the club, i would lay £100 pound he deffinetley has not applied,more than likely your get a Steve Clarke or a Chris Hughton walk through the door, to be honest i would rather take one off them all day long, who ever we appoint i hope we agree to get behind the new manager from the start, give him time, and most off all do not expect promotion in first season, if it comes then great not end off the world if it does not, were moving in the right way, onwards and upwards, up the albion !!!!
Morning boys, I commented about this story yesterday i heard it why does the argus run the story half a day late, i tell you why they have much as a clue as all us Brighton fans have, we all like to guess who the next guy would be, there saying CLEMENT is staying in Madrid that is his choice, who says he been approached same with Sherwood seven days ago they said favourite great fit for the club, i would lay £100 pound he deffinetley has not applied,more than likely your get a Steve Clarke or a Chris Hughton walk through the door, to be honest i would rather take one off them all day long, who ever we appoint i hope we agree to get behind the new manager from the start, give him time, and most off all do not expect promotion in first season, if it comes then great not end off the world if it does not, were moving in the right way, onwards and upwards, up the albion !!!! JeffLomer
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6:49am Tue 27 May 14

Albion In Staffs says...

It's a valid story given his name has been heavily linked, but it's interesting that The Argus saw fit to reflect yesterday's Talksport Interview with Clement but not a BBC interview with Tony Bloom a week or so ago.
It's also interesting that Clement agreed to do the interview in the first place. Irrespective of his comments, the phrase "shop window" springs to mind....
It's a valid story given his name has been heavily linked, but it's interesting that The Argus saw fit to reflect yesterday's Talksport Interview with Clement but not a BBC interview with Tony Bloom a week or so ago. It's also interesting that Clement agreed to do the interview in the first place. Irrespective of his comments, the phrase "shop window" springs to mind.... Albion In Staffs
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7:37am Tue 27 May 14

Willie, Willie Irvine says...

The remark 'right club, right time' could be significant. Perhaps he now sees the task at the Albion as too big an ask on what looks to be a very limited budget - unrealistic even...
The remark 'right club, right time' could be significant. Perhaps he now sees the task at the Albion as too big an ask on what looks to be a very limited budget - unrealistic even... Willie, Willie Irvine
  • Score: 5

8:11am Tue 27 May 14

mark by the sea says...

TB and barber are pleased with the quality of the candidates, they are hardly going to say differently !
As for clement he seems to be hedging his bets, maybe the saints job with a budget , rather than us telling him we can't sign players because of FFP
There are a lot of problems ahead , mainly most of football will be on holiday so contacting players not easy, who ever takes over has a massive task working with Burke and his budget.
TB and barber are pleased with the quality of the candidates, they are hardly going to say differently ! As for clement he seems to be hedging his bets, maybe the saints job with a budget , rather than us telling him we can't sign players because of FFP There are a lot of problems ahead , mainly most of football will be on holiday so contacting players not easy, who ever takes over has a massive task working with Burke and his budget. mark by the sea
  • Score: 1

8:14am Tue 27 May 14

SMF20 says...

Clement or not, I'm hopeful that this will be the week when we appoint the new manager.

It may seem like forever until the season starts again but given that we are potentially looking at getting in 13 new bodies (including manager) I believe that the time will pass very quickly..

Could do with a bit of good news re the Abion this week from a personal point of view...

Uta
Clement or not, I'm hopeful that this will be the week when we appoint the new manager. It may seem like forever until the season starts again but given that we are potentially looking at getting in 13 new bodies (including manager) I believe that the time will pass very quickly.. Could do with a bit of good news re the Abion this week from a personal point of view... Uta SMF20
  • Score: 1

8:24am Tue 27 May 14

Alan G Skinner says...

Time to release pictures of the new kit, home this week and away next week, we need some "news". Haha.
Time to release pictures of the new kit, home this week and away next week, we need some "news". Haha. Alan G Skinner
  • Score: 3

8:31am Tue 27 May 14

Captain Haddock says...

SMF20 wrote:
Clement or not, I'm hopeful that this will be the week when we appoint the new manager.

It may seem like forever until the season starts again but given that we are potentially looking at getting in 13 new bodies (including manager) I believe that the time will pass very quickly..

Could do with a bit of good news re the Abion this week from a personal point of view...

Uta
Absolutely! (Hope the personal stuff isn't TOO serious SMF.
[quote][p][bold]SMF20[/bold] wrote: Clement or not, I'm hopeful that this will be the week when we appoint the new manager. It may seem like forever until the season starts again but given that we are potentially looking at getting in 13 new bodies (including manager) I believe that the time will pass very quickly.. Could do with a bit of good news re the Abion this week from a personal point of view... Uta[/p][/quote]Absolutely! (Hope the personal stuff isn't TOO serious SMF. Captain Haddock
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8:51am Tue 27 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

No surprise really. I still think Steve Clarke is a good fit for us but I still expect the unexpected. UTA
No surprise really. I still think Steve Clarke is a good fit for us but I still expect the unexpected. UTA Joel'sGrandad
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9:03am Tue 27 May 14

Albion In Staffs says...

mark by the sea wrote:
TB and barber are pleased with the quality of the candidates, they are hardly going to say differently !
As for clement he seems to be hedging his bets, maybe the saints job with a budget , rather than us telling him we can't sign players because of FFP
There are a lot of problems ahead , mainly most of football will be on holiday so contacting players not easy, who ever takes over has a massive task working with Burke and his budget.
Agree on the point about convincing people to come. Have said for a while that after two similar departures in a year, a recent history of austerity measures and a set up that doesn't appear to run smoothly, I think we're struggling to sell our blueprint to primary candidates.
Hate to be negative, but my bet would be the appointment of a young manager with "potential" although I hope I'm completely wrong and someone experienced and immediately capable is wheeled in within 24 hours...
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: TB and barber are pleased with the quality of the candidates, they are hardly going to say differently ! As for clement he seems to be hedging his bets, maybe the saints job with a budget , rather than us telling him we can't sign players because of FFP There are a lot of problems ahead , mainly most of football will be on holiday so contacting players not easy, who ever takes over has a massive task working with Burke and his budget.[/p][/quote]Agree on the point about convincing people to come. Have said for a while that after two similar departures in a year, a recent history of austerity measures and a set up that doesn't appear to run smoothly, I think we're struggling to sell our blueprint to primary candidates. Hate to be negative, but my bet would be the appointment of a young manager with "potential" although I hope I'm completely wrong and someone experienced and immediately capable is wheeled in within 24 hours... Albion In Staffs
  • Score: 3

9:19am Tue 27 May 14

bbb1969 says...

It's hard all this speculation. Just going to wait and see however in my honest opunion I cannot see us getting who we want. The cons are having to work with little budget, having to bring in a handfull of good players or free and budget players to keep costs down and working with the suits and Nathan Jones. Nathan Jones staying means we are probably looking at an assistant manager as a full time manager will have his own staff.
Pros wiuld be the fac we have a great stadiun, good training facilities and basically a new team to take forward and develop and hopefully a great fan base. I say hopefully cos there have been many threats of people not renewing their season tickets (well 1 or 2 on this site and their friends); the must be 100% real fans
It's hard all this speculation. Just going to wait and see however in my honest opunion I cannot see us getting who we want. The cons are having to work with little budget, having to bring in a handfull of good players or free and budget players to keep costs down and working with the suits and Nathan Jones. Nathan Jones staying means we are probably looking at an assistant manager as a full time manager will have his own staff. Pros wiuld be the fac we have a great stadiun, good training facilities and basically a new team to take forward and develop and hopefully a great fan base. I say hopefully cos there have been many threats of people not renewing their season tickets (well 1 or 2 on this site and their friends); the must be 100% real fans bbb1969
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9:33am Tue 27 May 14

Albion In Staffs says...

bbb1969 wrote:
It's hard all this speculation. Just going to wait and see however in my honest opunion I cannot see us getting who we want. The cons are having to work with little budget, having to bring in a handfull of good players or free and budget players to keep costs down and working with the suits and Nathan Jones. Nathan Jones staying means we are probably looking at an assistant manager as a full time manager will have his own staff.
Pros wiuld be the fac we have a great stadiun, good training facilities and basically a new team to take forward and develop and hopefully a great fan base. I say hopefully cos there have been many threats of people not renewing their season tickets (well 1 or 2 on this site and their friends); the must be 100% real fans
Don't think Jones staying is necessarily a done deal, but it's an interesting one.. Currently, it makes sense to keep him there while there is no other senior representative from the playing side, but a new man may want his own staff and he'll then be off. I'm sure the club wouldn't hold out on that if they thought they'd found their "ideal" candidate?
On the flip side, despite the reputation he appears to have among fans, he may be highly thought of within football and be regarded as an asset by someone coming in. Frankly, all we have to go on is his demeanour on the touchline and there are clearly those who's view of his coaching skills are based solely on a slight figure, hooded jacket and a history around the lower leagues.
ANOTHER option, of course, is the club could simply promote him...
[quote][p][bold]bbb1969[/bold] wrote: It's hard all this speculation. Just going to wait and see however in my honest opunion I cannot see us getting who we want. The cons are having to work with little budget, having to bring in a handfull of good players or free and budget players to keep costs down and working with the suits and Nathan Jones. Nathan Jones staying means we are probably looking at an assistant manager as a full time manager will have his own staff. Pros wiuld be the fac we have a great stadiun, good training facilities and basically a new team to take forward and develop and hopefully a great fan base. I say hopefully cos there have been many threats of people not renewing their season tickets (well 1 or 2 on this site and their friends); the must be 100% real fans[/p][/quote]Don't think Jones staying is necessarily a done deal, but it's an interesting one.. Currently, it makes sense to keep him there while there is no other senior representative from the playing side, but a new man may want his own staff and he'll then be off. I'm sure the club wouldn't hold out on that if they thought they'd found their "ideal" candidate? On the flip side, despite the reputation he appears to have among fans, he may be highly thought of within football and be regarded as an asset by someone coming in. Frankly, all we have to go on is his demeanour on the touchline and there are clearly those who's view of his coaching skills are based solely on a slight figure, hooded jacket and a history around the lower leagues. ANOTHER option, of course, is the club could simply promote him... Albion In Staffs
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9:53am Tue 27 May 14

Claude Back says...

If Ulloa goes we are looking at someone building virtually a new team. Therefore, logically but not necessarily certainly, that would suggest to me that we would be looking at an experienced English League manager who knows the Leagues well and can recruit players. To get many foreign players and just hope that they all gel would be risky . If so, Clement might not be the one anyway even though he has experience in England some time ago.
If Ulloa goes we are looking at someone building virtually a new team. Therefore, logically but not necessarily certainly, that would suggest to me that we would be looking at an experienced English League manager who knows the Leagues well and can recruit players. To get many foreign players and just hope that they all gel would be risky . If so, Clement might not be the one anyway even though he has experience in England some time ago. Claude Back
  • Score: -1

10:28am Tue 27 May 14

rolivan says...

Jones might just be seeing out the end of his contract which would probably end the same time as the players at the end of June.
Jones might just be seeing out the end of his contract which would probably end the same time as the players at the end of June. rolivan
  • Score: 3

4:31pm Tue 27 May 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Willie, Willie Irvine wrote:
The remark 'right club, right time' could be significant. Perhaps he now sees the task at the Albion as too big an ask on what looks to be a very limited budget - unrealistic even...
Completly agree,we have to replace Tomas,Upson and probably Ulloa and Ward but still think we can maintain a mid table position, hopefully the one man up front style will be changed.
[quote][p][bold]Willie, Willie Irvine[/bold] wrote: The remark 'right club, right time' could be significant. Perhaps he now sees the task at the Albion as too big an ask on what looks to be a very limited budget - unrealistic even...[/p][/quote]Completly agree,we have to replace Tomas,Upson and probably Ulloa and Ward but still think we can maintain a mid table position, hopefully the one man up front style will be changed. Falmer Wizard
  • Score: -1

1:56am Wed 28 May 14

mickage says...

As a long, long term Brighton follower, once a supporter, I completely sympathize with all of your above comments, you all realize that the owners of B&HAFC have no real ambition to build a promotion team...just produce a team that is competent enough to keep them in " contention" near the top of the table each season , thereby ensuring massive 27,000 crowds and keep that money rollinging in....that's why Gus Poyet left, they have no real intention of building for the future...
As a long, long term Brighton follower, once a supporter, I completely sympathize with all of your above comments, you all realize that the owners of B&HAFC have no real ambition to build a promotion team...just produce a team that is competent enough to keep them in " contention" near the top of the table each season , thereby ensuring massive 27,000 crowds and keep that money rollinging in....that's why Gus Poyet left, they have no real intention of building for the future... mickage
  • Score: -1

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