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Swansea City appoint Spanish goalkeeping coach Javier Garcia as Adrian Tucker exits Liberty

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 27, 2014

By Gareth Vincent

Javier Garcia is arriving at the Liberty.

Javier Garcia is arriving at the Liberty.

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SWANSEA City have appointed Sevilla's Europa League final-winning goalkeeping coach after revealing that Adrian Tucker has left his role at the Liberty.

Tucker has said his farewells having spent the last five years coaching Swansea's first-team keepers.

And new boss Garry Monk has replaced the Welshman with Javier Garcia, who arrives in the Premier League barely a month after a famous night with Sevilla.

The La Liga side beat Benfica 4-2 on penalties in the Europa League final, and Garcia was praised by Sevilla boss Unai Emery in the wake of the win.

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"Javi has done a great job with the goalkeepers and his work with Beto (Seville goalkeeper) has been crucial," Emery said.

Barcelona-born Garcia has worked as a coach educator and goalkeeping scout with the national Spanish Federation.

He had two spells with Espanyol Under-21s — where he worked with Swansea assistant boss Pep Clotet — before spending the last three years with Sevilla's first team.

"I'm delighted to be given the opportunity to work at a club that is growing at a rapid rate in the best league in the world," said Garcia. "All the information I've received about the city and how the club, chairman and manager work convinced me to come to Swansea. It was hard to leave Sevilla because it is such a good club with good people.

"But it's a great opportunity for me to work in such a positive environment where I can develop and grow with the club. It's an exciting challenge."

Garcia, 34, is relishing the prospect of working with Swansea's three senior stoppers.

"I've already studied videos of Michel Vorm, Gerhard Tremmel and Lukasz Fabianski," added Garcia. "They are three top-quality goalkeepers and I am looking forward to working with them.

"Each goalkeeper has his own characteristics. It's up to me to model the training sessions and preparations to keep improving their performances on a consistent basis."

A club statement added: "Swansea City would like to thank Adrian Tucker for his work and commitment over the last five years and wish him well in his next challenge."

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