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Russell Martin confirmed as Swansea City’s new head coach

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Swansea City have confirmed that former Milton Keynes Dons head coach has joined the Swans in a 3-year deal.

The news follows the departure of Steve Cooper who took the Swans to the League One playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

Russell Martin will be joined in Swansea by coaches Luke Williams, Matt Gill and Dean Thornton, while Alan Tate will continue in his capacity as first-team coach.

Swansea City chief executive, Julian Winter said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach.

“He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed, and he is more than ready for the opportunity.

New Swansea City head coach, Russell Martin (Image: Swansea City AFC)

“When it became clear we would be looking for a new head coach, at the forefront of our thoughts was finding a candidate who was ambitious, driven and with a clear vision of how he wants the team to play.

“After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward.

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“We were also seeking someone with a passion for working with and developing young players. Russell ticks all those boxes.

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“While his coaching philosophy is clear, Russell also enjoyed a fine playing career that saw him amass over 500 senior appearances.

“He captained Peterborough and Norwich, as well as winning promotion on five separate occasions, which tells you everything about his leadership qualities and winning mentality.”

Martin and his staff will oversee training at Fairwood on Monday and take charge of the Swans’ Championship opener against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday 7 August.

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