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Swansea legend Leon Britton takes up coaching role

Jamie Vardy of Leicester City is tackled by Leon Britton of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on October 21, 2017 in...

Swansea City legend Leon Britton has become Paul Clement's new assistant manager but will still feature on the pitch in a player/coach role.

Dusan Tadic of Southampton and Leon Britton of Swansea City battle for possession during the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on August 12,...

Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton has become the clubs new assistant manager as reported by Wales Online.

The midfielder will juggle his playing with his new coaching duties with no changes being made to his current contract although it's been reported he'll relinquish the club captain's armband in order to focus on his new role. 

Britton replaces Claude Makelele who left the club earlier this month to become manager of Belgian side K.A.S Eupen. 

The 35 year-old has played 525 games for the Swans and has completed his A license coaching badges. Manager Paul Clement believes Britton is the perfect man for the role. 

"I am delighted that Leon has agreed to take on the role as player-assistant coach," he told Swansea's official website. 

"It is the beginning of a new chapter in his career. I feel he is the perfect person for the role at this time. He is still very much in my plans as a player, but now we can tap into his knowledge as a coach too. He has a lot to give in that respect.

Paul Clement, Manager of Swansea City shows appreciation to the fans after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London,...

"He now sits in on all management meetings and on the days where he is not training, he will be part of the coaching set-up.

"Similarly, on a matchday, if he’s in the squad then his focus is on playing. If not, then he will be in the dugout as part of the coaching staff."

Clement's team are currently 19th in the Premier League. Britton's first game in his new position will be away at Burnley on Saturday. 

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