First team staff
Head Coach - Francesco Guidolin
Francesco Guidolin joined the Swans as Head Coach in January, 2016.
Guidolin has a wealth of experience and success having led Udinese to third place in Serie A – recording their highest top-flight finish and points tally – and sealing their first Champions League campaign.
He also has three promotions on his CV with Parma, Palermo and Vicenza where he made his name after lifting the Italian Cup and leading them to the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final, where they lost to Chelsea.
Initially appointed until the end of the 2015-16 season, he led the Swans to Premier League safety with a 12th-placed finish.
Guidolin signed a two-year deal to remain at the club in May, 2016.
Interim manager/First Team Coach - Alan Curtis
Alan Curtis is synonymous with Swansea City. In fact, he's simply known around the club as 'The Legend'.
The Welsh international not only played for the club over three different spells, but he has also held virtually every footballing position possible off the field from Football in the Community officer to youth team coach, first team caretaker manager and current coach.
He won 35 caps for his country and also had spells at Leeds United, Southampton and Cardiff City in a career that spanned two decades.
Curt experienced the highs of the game at the top level with the Swans during their meteoric rise through all four divisions to the top of the First, but only after he had experienced the lows as the Swans were forced to apply for re-election to the Football League in 1975.
During the 1977-78 promotion winning season he scored 32 league goals, just three short of the record set by Cyril Pearce during the 1931-32 season, and 12 months later joined Leeds United for a club record £400,000.
Noted for his body swerve, he had three spells with the Swans, but his individual goal in the Swans debut match in the old First Division against his former club Leeds will be remembered for a long time.
The Rhondda-born legend, nephew of Roy Paul, scored 95 goals from 359 league appearances for the Swans.
Since his playing career wound down in 1990, Curt has remained in the game as a coach with both the Swans and Wales, giving back to the game his wisdom and experience gained during his years as a player.
He has also occupied the assistant manager, youth team manager, and Football in the Community officer roles at the Swans along with a stint as matchday host.
Now First Team Coach, Curt stepped up his role with the arrival of new manager Michael Laudrup to work alongside the Great Dane and assistant manager Erik Larsen, before maintaining same role following Garry Monk's appointment.
He then stepped in as caretaker manager following Monk's exit in December, 2015 before working under new head coach Francesco Guidolin.
Coach - Diego Bortoluzzi
Diego Bortoluzzi reunited with head coach Francesco Guidolin after joining Swansea City’s coaching team in January, 2016.
Bortoluzzi worked under Guidolin at Palermo, Parma and Udinese and played a key role in their success.
The 49-year-old, who was most recently at Verona, became the third Italian among the Swans’ coaching staff, which also includes Gabriele Ambrosetti.
Bortoluzzi, who featured for Atalanta, Brescia and Venezia during his playing career, works under Guidolin and alongside Alan Curtis, Ambrosetti and keeper coach Tony Roberts.
Goalkeeping Coach - Tony Roberts
Former Wales international Tony Roberts was appointed the club’s new first-team goalkeeping coach in June, 2015.
Roberts, who joined from Arsenal, replaced Javier Garcia who returned to his home in Spain for personal reasons after 12 months at the club.
Roberts enjoyed a distinguished goalkeeping career that spanned over two decades. Having come through the youth ranks at QPR, he made nearly 150 appearances for the West London club before spending a season with Millwall in 1998.
However, after a brief coaching stint in America, Roberts returned to English football with non-league Dagenham & Redbridge in 2000 to become a firm fans' favourite.
He played over 450 games for the Daggers - helping them win promotion to the Football League for the first time in 2007 - and remains the club's all-time record appearance maker.
It was during his time at the Daggers that Roberts began coaching with Arsenal's Academy before stepping up to work with the first team in 2010-11. He returned to the Academy set up last season.
He fitted his Arsenal role around his playing commitments with Dagenham & Redbridge until he brought a glittering playing career to an end in the summer of 2013.
Roberts also won two caps for Wales and is the only goalkeeper to have scored in an FA Cup tie when he netted for Dagenham & Redbridge against Basingstoke Town in October 2001.
Coach - Gabriele Ambrosetti
Gabriele Ambrosetti was named coach at the Swans just days following Francesco Guidolin's arrival in January, 2016.
The 42-year-old reunited with Guidolin, who he helped win the Italian Cup with Vicenza in 1997.
Ambrosetti began his career with hometown club Varese before an impressive stint with Brescia.
Season-long loan spells with Venezia and Vicenza followed, before he moved to the latter on a permanent basis.
His time at Vicenza was a big success, and his performances were key to the club's Italian Cup successwhile his performances against Chelsea in the Cup Winners Cup semi-final the following season led to his move to Stamford Bridge.
Ambrosetti would go on to play for Piacenza and former club Vicenza before announcing his retirement while at lower league side Pro Patria.
He then spent time travelling around the world watching games in numerous countries as he studied various players and teams.
Performance Director - Richard Buchanan
Richard joined the Swans at the start of the 2009-10 season having worked for Wrexham FC, the Welsh Under-17 and Under-19 squads plus the Ministry of Defence and the Metropolitan Police.
He was handed his introduction to the Swans against Cardiff City in the South Wales derby at the Liberty in November 2009.
Richard manages the daily operational workings of the medical, psychology, fitness and conditioning departments to ensure a fully integrated approach to player management from the support staff.
Richard ensures head coach Francesco Guidolin is fully informed of the playing squad's current training status and well-being whilst advising on any recommendations made from the support staff.
He has a BSc Degree in Chartered Physiotherapy and an MSc degree in Football Rehabilitation.
Head of Medical / Club doctor - Dr Jez McCluskey
Jez qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1998 and completed his Masters in Sports & Exercise Medicine at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in 2010.
He joined the Swans at the start of the 2010-11 season and oversaw the care of the U21s squad as well assisting with first team duties. He was promoted to role of first team/club doctor the following season and has remained in that position ever since.
At the start of the 2015-16 season he took on the position of the full-time head of the medical department and his job roles include looking after all the first team players’ medicals as well as pre-season/pre-signing medicals and the illness prevention programs within the club including immunisations & cardiac screening.
Performance psychologist – Ian Mitchell
Ian teamed up with the Swans on their pre-season training camp in America in July 2014 as the club’s first full-time ‘performance psychologist’.
The former professional footballer quit his role as a principle lecturer and director in sports science and psychology at Cardiff Metropolitan University to take up the unique post.
Mitchell has plenty of first-hand experience to help him achieve success in his new role.
Having started his career as a schoolboy at Chelsea, the Ebbw Vale-product also captained Wales up to Under-18 level before signing professional forms with Hereford in the old Division Three.
But after two years with The Bulls, he was forced to leave the pro game behind after a broken leg and serious cruciate ligament damage.
He made the move closer to home and enjoyed 10 years as a prolific striker with Merthyr Tydfil where his part-time career spanned nearly 300 games.
Off the field he put a Master’s Degree and PhD to good use to become a principal lecturer in sports psychology and director of sports science at Cardiff Metropolitan University – a position he recently relinquished after 18-years’ service.
Having completed his UEFA A licence, he coached the Wales Victory Shield team for the last two seasons; managed the GB and Wales University Student squad, while also working with the Under-21s and U18s in the Swans Academy for the previous two years.
He has also delivered and assessed on the UEFA Professional and Advanced licences in the areas of coaching effectiveness, leadership and psychology over the last 12 years.
Ian has also been appointed by Chris Coleman as Wales’ performance psychologist for their European Championship qualifiers.
Head of Sports Science – Jonny Northeast
Jonny began working for the Swans during the campaign in which the club won promotion from the Championship.
A graduate from Cardiff Metropolitan University in Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage, he started his career as an intern assisting in the monitoring of training sessions with the use of polar team 2 heart rates and Statsport GPS system.
After becoming lead sports scientist with the club's Under-21s with the objective to enhance individual and team physical performance, Jonny then stepped up to the first team upon Garry Monk's appointment as interim head coach in February 2014. In his role he headed up the department, with his main objectives including reducing injury occurrence while improving physical preparation, development and performance, on top of offering support to coaching staff.
While fulfilling his current role, Jonny is continuing his research at Swansea University completing his MSc part-time.
Head physiotherapist - Kate Rees
Kate has been head physiotherapist for Swansea City since 2009.
Kate’s role is to lead the physiotherapy team. Her main area of expertise is diagnostics and screening.
She performs the pre-signing medicals for players and oversees and performs all the pre-season and mid-season physical testing. Alongside this, Kate organizes, formulates and delivers injury prevention sessions to the first-team players relating to their screening results. Kate is also the first point for injured players coordinating their management with members of the multi-disciplinary team both within the club and adjunct medical staff both nationally and internationally.
She graduated from Brunel University and completed her masters degree at Cardiff University.
She initially worked in semi-professional rugby at Aberavon RFC for ten years alongside several musculoskeletal roles in the NHS. She has also worked for the Football Association of Wales at both junior and senior women's levels and also worked in New Zealand in both private practice and football.
Kate has lectured at masters level courses at Cardiff University including MACP and sports medicine, while she is a board member of the Football Medical Association and was formerly a member of the National Physiotherapy Advisory Group for the FA.
Analyst - Scott Helmich
Football Utilities Co-ordinator - Suzan Eames
Suzan took over as Football Utilities Co-ordinator at the club 11 years ago.
A huge Swans fan, she originally started work at the Harry Griffiths Bar at the Vetch Field during Jan Molby's reign before helping prepare the kit.
Born in Birmingham before moving to Swansea via Plymouth, Suzan has worked under nine managers during her time at the club.
Her duties include preparing staff kits, matchday kit, substitutes' playing kit, warm-up kit, bibs and ensuring footballs are pumped and pressurised to regulation for the first team and reserves.
Football Utilities Co-ordinator assistant - Michael Eames
Physiotherapist - Ritson Lloyd
Ritson joined the Swans physio team ahead of the club’s tour of America in July 2014.
Lloyd, who has a Degree in Chartered Physiotherapy from the University of Salford, will team up with current senior first-team physios Kate Rees and Richie Buchanan to provide additional support to Garry Monk’s squad.
The St Asaph-born physio has built up a wealth of experience and expertise after leaving the NHS to become head physio at Coventry City’s Academy in 2007.
He then stepped up to first-team physio at Wrexham in 2009 before swapping the Racecourse for the same role at Sheffield United.
Sports scientist - Will Sparkes
Will joined the Swans as an intern during the 2012/13 season whilst studying for his undergraduate degree at Swansea University. He carried out a series of studies profiling the physiological impact of games on players for his masters degree, which resulted in him being offered a job during Garry Monk's reign. His main role is to monitor the training and match-load of players, whilst he also assists Jonny Northeast in delivering strength and conditioning programs. Will has recently started studying for his PhD in order to further enhance an understanding of how to manage the fitness training of players.
Physiotherapist - Ailsa Jones
Ailsa is the longest serving member of the medical team after she joined the club as a physiotherapist in 2006. She has a BSc in Sport and Physical Education in addition to her BSc in Physiotherapy.
More recently she has been awarded a MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine from Cardiff Metropolitan. Fully qualified as a Pilates Instructor and a Yoga Instructor, Ailsa is a very valuable member of the team.
Soft tissue therapist - Adele Callaghan
Adele is the current lead soft tissue therapist, having been with the club since March, 2008.
Her role is to provide soft tissue therapy for first team and academy players, along with the treatment of injuries, pre-training, post training and recovery massage. She also provides massage therapy at all games.
Soft tissue therapist - Matthew Murray
Sports scientist - Jordan Smith
Head chef - Chris Watkins
Head of recruitment – David Leadbeater
Headed to the Liberty in the summer of 2010 after 16 years at Middlesbrough.
Was appointed by the Swans to help the club refocus, reform and restructure its recruitment policy.
Born in Barnsley, Leadbeater played part-time for Bridlington Town before making the step up to Hull City as a 19-year-old and then Scunthorpe before returning to the non-league scene.
Was player-manager of Unibond side Ossett Town before coaching the under-19s at Halifax, while also starting to help out part-time with Middlesbrough.
He ended up scouting for players from Academy age up after being promoted quickly by former manager Steve McClaren; carrying out all the European assessments before another ex-boss Gareth Southgate promoted him again to head of all recruitment in 2007.
During his time at Ayresome Park and then the Riverside, Leadbeater recruited the likes of Tuncay, Gary O’Neill and Luke Young.