Gabriele Ambrosetti joins Swansea City coaching staff
20th January 2016
Former Chelsea midfielder Gabriele Ambrosetti has today been officially appointed among Swansea City's coaching team.
The 42-year-old reunites with newly-appointed Head Coach Francesco Guidolin, for whom he played under during Vicenza's 1997 Italian Cup success.
Ambrosetti will work under Guidolin, who was named Head Coach on Monday before the 1-0 win over Watford, and Alan Curtis as the Swans look to continue rising up the Barclays Premier League table.
Guidolin met the squad today before overseeing his first training session as the focus turns to Sunday's trip to Everton.
And Ambrosetti expressed his delight in being part of the Swans coaching set-up.
"I'm really happy to be here," said Ambrosetti. "Francesco was my coach so I know how he works and his style, and he also knows how I work.
"We kept in touch all the time, and as soon as he asked me about going to Swansea with him I quickly said yes!
"The first thing I felt when I arrived here was passion - from the people in the city, the staff, the players.
"Having the type of welcome we both had makes us feel so comfortable, and that is important when you are in a new country.
"It's a great club and I will do my very best to help the club push up the table."
Guidolin and Ambrosetti both watched from the stands on Monday as Ashley Williams' goal lifted the Swans out of the relegation zone with victory over Watford.
And Ambrosetti was encouraged by the team's display ahead of Sunday's test at Everton.
He added: "It was great to see the game on Monday because the guys played very well and we picked up three important points.
"We have really good players here and it was great to see how supportive the fans are. They made a lot of noise."
Ambrosetti began his career with hometown club Varese before an impressive stint with Brescia.
Season-long loan spells with Venezia and Vicenza followed, before he moved to the latter on a permanent basis.
His time at Vicenza was a big success, and his performances were key to the club's Italian Cup success in 1997 while his performances against Chelsea in the Cup Winners Cup semi-final the following season led to his move to Stamford Bridge.
Ambrosetti would go on to play for Piacenza and former club Vicenza before announcing his retirement while at lower league side Pro Patria.
He then spent time travelling around the world watching games in numerous countries as he studied various players and teams.
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