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First Team Staff

Paul Clement - Head Coach

Paul Clement was appointed head coach on January 3, 2017, after the dismissal of Bob Bradley as manager. He arrived with a wealth of experience after working with some of the biggest teams in Europe as assistant manager to Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

His sole experience as manager came with Championship side Derby, whom he spent eight months with. Replacing former England boss Steve McClaren at the helm, Clement took the Rams to fifth in the table before being relieved of his duties. In terms of silverware, Clement helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in 2013 while the year before he had seen Paris Saint-Germain win Ligue 1

His crowning moment came with Real Madrid, for whom he was part of the set up when they lifted a tenth Champions League title along with winning the Copa Del Rey.

Clement's other roles have included working in the youth set up at Fulham along with a short spell with Republic of Ireland Under-21s. He arrived in Swansea with the club bottom of the Premier League and tipped as odds on favourites for relegation. But he sparked a remarkable turnaround with four wins from his first six games, including an impressive victory at Liverpool, to earn himself the Premier League Manager of the Month award for January.

With things looking up, a poor run of six games without a win put the Swans in trouble again and relegation looked a serious possibility. The Great Escape was complete, however, when Clement led his side to four wins and a draw from the last five games to finish the campaign in 15th place and six points clear of the drop zone.


Assistant Coach - Nigel Gibbs

Nigel Gibbs joined the Swans as part of Paul Clement's backroom staff in January 2017. Gibbs, named assistant coach, left his role within Tottenham’s academy while he previously worked as the No.2 at Reading, Leeds and Millwall.

He was a one-club man during his playing career, making nearly 500 appearances at Watford, for whom he captained and helped rise into the Premier League.


Assistant Coach/ Head of Physical Performance - Karl Halabi

Karl Halabi followed Paul Clement and Nigel Gibbs at the Liberty in January 2017. Named head of physical performance, Halabi has also worked with Gibbs at Reading and Spurs, while he also spent time with Watford, Chelsea and Derby along with both England and Ireland’s national set ups


Goalkeeping Coach - Tony Roberts

Former Wales international Tony Roberts was appointed the club’s new first-team goalkeeping coach in June, 2015.

Roberts, who joined from Arsenal, replaced Javier Garcia who returned to his home in Spain for personal reasons after 12 months at the club.
Roberts 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.

He is also the goalkeeping coach for the senior Wales international team.