England U20s coach Paul Williams named Swansea City assistant manager

Swansea City have announced the appointment of England Under-20s coach Paul Williams as the new assistant manager to Bob Bradley.

The 45-year-old, who had spells at Southampton and Stoke City during his playing career, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Swans.

Bradley, who has been looking for a right-hand man since succeeding Francesco Guidolin last month, has praised Williams’s work with Southampton’s academy and his coaching spell with England.

“I am excited about having the chance to work with Paul,” Bradley told the club’s official website. “There have been discussions from the start about adding one more member of staff so that we would have one more coach on the pitch every day.

“The first month here was very busy, but this international break has given us the opportunity to finalise discussions and we are pleased that Paul can join us. He gained a lot of Premier League experience in his playing days, while he has also done a lot of good work as a coach.

“For instance, he helped bring through some very good players during his time at Southampton, while everything I have heard about the work he did with England has been positive. He has done a lot of on-field coaching, and that’s what we are looking for. I am excited to have another guy on the field alongside me and Alan Curtis.”

Swansea sit second from bottom in the Premier League table, six points from safety after 11 games.

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