Swansea City goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts
19th June 2015
Swansea City has appointed former Wales international Tony Roberts as the club's new first-team goalkeeping coach.
Roberts, who joins from Arsenal, will replace Javier Garcia who has returned to his home in Spain for personal reasons after 12 months at the club.
Swans manager Garry Monk said: "We are disappointed to lose Javi because he has done a great job over the last year and we thank him for all his hard work and dedication.
"But we are delighted to be able to replace him with someone of Tony's calibre and experience. He comes with an excellent reputation as a forward-thinking, modern and knowledgeable goalkeeping coach.
"I've got no doubt that his talents will strengthen the club's backroom staff and keep improving and pushing the goalkeepers forward.''
Roberts, 45, enjoyed a distinguished goalkeeping career that spanned over two decades. Having come through the youth ranks at QPR, he made nearly 150 appearances for the West London club before spending a season with Millwall in 1998.
However, after a brief coaching stint in America, Roberts returned to English football with non-league Dagenham & Redbridge in 2000 to become a firm fans' favourite.
He played over 450 games for the Daggers - helping them win promotion to the Football League for the first time in 2007 - and remains the club's all-time record appearance maker.
It was during his time at the Daggers that Roberts began coaching with Arsenal's Academy before stepping up to work with the first team in 2010-11. He returned to the Academy set up last season.
He fitted his Arsenal role around his playing commitments with Dagenham & Redbridge until he brought a glittering playing career to an end in the summer of 2013.
Roberts also won two caps for Wales and is the only goalkeeper to have scored in an FA Cup tie when he netted for Dagenham & Redbridge against Basingstoke Town in October 2001.