Garry Monk has been pivotal to Swansea City’s rise in the last decade - both as a player and influential figure in the changing room.
His leadership qualities have also come to the fore in the last three months, with the former club captain taking over as head coach on February 4 following Michael Laudrup’s departure.
The 35-year-old got off to a superb start as the Swans saw off Cardiff City 3-0 in the South Wales derby in his first game in charge.
Appointed with the aim of securing the club’s top-flight status, Monk achieved that as the Swans claimed back-to-back league victories for the first time since December 2012 as they beat Newcastle United and Aston Villa.
Signed on a free transfer from Barnsley in June 2004, he has played a key role in three promotions while his timely block in the Championship Play-Off final win over Reading proved crucial.
Having featured in all four divisions for the Swans, Monk has also lifted the Football League Trophy and, last year, the Capital One Cup - the club’s first major piece of silverware – after a record-final win against Bradford City at Wembley.
Monk will be assisted in his new role by Josep Clotet.
Better known as Pep, the Spaniard originally joined the Swans as Academy Consultant in November 2013.
Clotet has been working with Monk following his appointment as head coach back in February, and he will now officially work as his assistant.
Born just outside Barcelona, Pep played for his home-town club CF Igualada before injury curtailed his amateur career and led him to coaching children with local side UE Cornella.
He attained his Uefa Pro-licence in 2003 at the age of just 26 and joined La Liga outfit Espanyol where he was given responsibility for the Under-17 squad.
From there he progressed to the Under-19s where he won the Spanish championship, before stepping up to clinch promotion with the Reserves.
After five years with Espanyol, he became assistant-manager to Roland Nilsson at Malmo where he helped win the Swedish championship in 2010.
He joined fellow top-flight side Halmstads the following year as head coach before moving to Norway as head staff coach of Viking FK under manager Age Hareide.
There was a return to Spain in July 2012 as Pep was appointed Reserve team manager and talent developer at La Liga side Malaga where the club enjoyed one of its best campaigns with Champions League football.
It was Pep’s ability to develop players for the first team at both Espanyol and Malaga that saw his reputation soar in football circles, including a spell as Director of the Catalonia Federation’s Coaching School where he developed several high-profile courses for Pro-licence coaches.
There are currently over 20 of Pep’s former pupils playing top-flight football around the world, including the likes of Tello (Barcelona), David Lopez (Espanyol), Fabrice Olinga (Malaga and Cameroon), Sergio Tejera (Espanyol), Alexandru Maxim (Stuttgart and Romania), plus Swansea’s own ex-Espanyol duo Jordi Amat and Alvaro Vasquez.