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New Swansea City assistant coach Nigel Gibbs is actually an old face at the club

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 16, 2017

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Swansea City assistant coach Nigel Gibbs

Swansea City assistant coach Nigel Gibbs

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YOU could be forgiven for thinking Nigel Gibbs is a new face at Swansea City, but Paul Clement's assistant is actually in his second spell at the Welsh club and has already won silverware with the Swans.

Gibbs, along with head of physical performance Karl Halabi, joined Swansea when Clement was handed head coach responsibilities on January 2.

Gibbs had a long and distinguished playing career at Watford. He is the Hertfordshire club's longest serving player and had two testimonials during over 20 years of service to the Hornets cause.

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After spells coaching at Watford, Reading, Leeds and Millwall, he went to Tottenham, and left his role as their academy's head of coach and player development to work at the Liberty Stadium.

But he has history with the Swans. He worked as a scout for the club during the 2005-06 season under Kenny Jackett, and was invited to sit on the bench as Carlisle were beaten 2-1 in the Football League Trophy final in Cardiff.

Additionally, he was part of the Reading staff the day Swansea were promoted to the Premier League thanks to a 4-2 win over the Royals at Wembley in 2011.

"I had played with Kenny Jackett and then under him as manager of Watford," said the 51-year-old.

Nigel Gibbs worked under Kenny Jackett at Swansea City

"Kenny was the manager here at Swansea, I did opposition match reports as well as some player reports for him, and I also came down for a few days and did a bit of coaching.

"Leon (Britton) was around, so were Sue (Eames), the chairman and Alan (Curtis), so it was nice to see some familiar faces when I came back to the club.

"I was on the Swansea bench for the win at the Principality Stadium against Carlisle. I had been to see them the week before and Kenny invited me to sit on the bench. That was a great day to be part of."

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Similarly, Gibbs had known Clement previous to his appointment, having come across the former Derby boss at Reading, and while the Swans boss was working alongside Carlo Ancelotti at PSG.

"I jumped at this chance — it was too good to miss," he added.

"Paul came to Reading a few times when he was out of work and I also went over to Paris Saint-Germain to watch him work.

"He knows Karl Halabi well, and we are all excited to be working together at Swansea. Hopefully we can help the club move forward."

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