Alan Tate leaves Swansea City to take up role at Nottingham Forest

24th September
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Swansea City can confirm that Alan Tate has left the club to join the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest.

Tate made the club aware of his desire to leave and his resignation was accepted this week.

The former defender will now link up with former Swans head coach Steve Cooper at the City Ground.

It brings an end to Tate’s long-standing association with Swansea City, that stretches back to an initial loan spell as a player in 2002.

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The defender joined on loan from Manchester United with the Swans languishing in the fourth tier of English football.

He went on to play a key role in the club retaining their Football League status following a dramatic victory over Hull City at the Vetch Field in May 2003 – with his contribution being enough for the club to sign him on a permanent deal the following season.

He went on to become a first-team regular and also played as a goalkeeper on two occasions, the first time at Hartlepool in 2003 following an injury to Roger Freestone and again in October 2008 when he replaced Dorus de Vries against QPR.

During his time at the club he enjoyed three promotions and lifted the Football League Trophy, while he played in the club's opening victory of their Capital One Cup success in 2012-13.

In the absence of Garry Monk, he also skippered the club on numerous occasions and picked up the Player of the Year award at the end of the 2009-10 season before helping to guide the club to the Premier League the following campaign.

He was one of three players - Leon Britton and Garry Monk the other two - who played in all four divisions with the club.

He also captained the Swans in the club’s first Premier League fixture – a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City – on his way to playing just under 350 games.

After his retirement from professional football, Tate became a coach with the academy before joining the first-team coaching staff during the 2019-20 campaign, as well as stepping in as caretaker-manager during pre-season following Cooper’s exit in July.  

Everyone at Swansea City would like to place on record their sincere thanks and gratitude to Alan for his contribution both on and off the pitch during his time at the club and wish him well in the future. He will always be welcome at the Stadium.