Whilst the news of Paul Clement becoming the Swans new head coach has been widely reported, little has been said about the two men he has decided to bring in to assist him with his role – Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi.
51 year old Gibbs, is a former professional footballer who played right-back for Watford and England Under 21s, left his role as assistant Head of Coach & Player Development at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Academy to join the Swans, as Clement’s assistant coach.
Prior to this, Gibbs had gained managerial experience in various roles as an caretaker, assistant or first team coach at Watford, Reading, Leeds United and Millwall.
Interestingly, Gibbs is still a close friend of former Swans boss Kenny Jackett, whom he played with during his career at Watford between 1980-1990. The Swans connection doesn’t end there however, as Gibbs has previously worked with the Swans, having been a scout for the club during the 2005-2006 season, which incidentally was during Kenny Jackett’s reign as Swans manager.
Halabi, who leaves his post of physical development coach for the Spurs development squad to become the new head of physical performance at the Swans, comes with an impressive CV of performance related roles and experience.
With so much emphasis put on physical performance analysis in modern day football, Halabi is well versed in this area, having previously been fitness coach at Watford, Fulham and Chelsea.
For an insight into the type of work elite performance coach Karl Halabi does, have a look at the video which he did in conjunction with Four-Four-Two magazine on how to do high intensity interval training (HIIT) for football.
To find out more about Halabi and his previous roles at professional football clubs, take a look at his LinkedIn profile.
Hopefully the appointment of both to Paul Clement’s backroom staff will see a return to the Swansea City that we all know and love, not the current version which started to manifest itself in the Summer of 2015.