New assistant manager Paul Williams is convinced Swansea City's Premier League fortunes can change
16th November 2016
Paul Williams has spoken of his pride at becoming Bob Bradley's assistant manager - and is convinced Swansea City have the ability to turn their season around.
Williams has left his role as England Under-20 coach to join Bradley's Swans coaching staff, and has agreed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
The 45-year-old has spent a decade in coaching after a playing career which featured eight years in the Premier League with Coventry City and Southampton as well as stints at Derby County and Stoke City.
After beginning his coaching career with a brief stint in America, Williams has worked at Wolves, Aldershot, Southampton, Brentford and Nottingham Forest.
His involvement with England began with U15s and U16s. He first worked with the U20s as Aidy Boothroyd's assistant, before taking sole charge earlier this season.
Williams is now relishing the chance to help the Swans push up the Premier League table.
"It's an honour to come and be part of the set-up at Swansea City and I cannot wait to get going," he said.
"It's a fantastic club with a great fanbase. I am delighted to be here and I'm excited about what we can achieve.
"I am really looking forward to getting started and one thing I can guarantee is that I will give my all to help the club succeed.
"I have had to work hard to get where I am in coaching and that is not about to change."
Williams will be in the Swans dugout for the first time when Bradley's team go to Everton this weekend.
And though he is joining a club who are going through a difficult spell, the one-time England U21 international is adamant the Swans can pull clear of relegation danger.
"Without a shadow of a doubt we can do well this season," he said.
"It has not been an ideal start, but it is in situations like this where you find out about players and about the club.
"It's our job now to dig deep and make sure we can an impact in the Premier League.
"The good thing is that there is still a long way to go in the season. We still have a lot of games in front of us so we have the opportunity to turn things around."