Swansea City have appointed former Scotland centre-back Russell Martin as their new head coach.

Martin impressed at MK Dons in what was his first job in management. He was highly-praised for his possession-based football and now moves from English League One to the Championship with Swansea City.

Swansea City AFC Announce Russell Martin as Manager

Former Scotland defender Russell Martin is the new Swansea City head coach. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

The 35-year-old retired from football in 2019 to take up the management role at MK Dons and joins Swansea City on a three-year deal. Martin was a prominent player for Scotland, featuring 29 times for the national team over a six year period before his final cap against Slovenia in March 2017.

Swansea City chief executive Julian Winter said: “We are delighted with the appointment of Russell as our new head coach. He very much fits the profile of a young and hungry coach who wants to succeed, and he is more than ready for the opportunity.

“When it became clear we would be looking for a new head coach, at the forefront of our thoughts was finding a candidate who was ambitious, driven and with a clear vision of how he wants the team to play.

“After earning plaudits with Milton Keynes Dons for the attractive, attacking style that he implemented, we quickly realised Russell would be the right person to take us forward. We were also seeking someone with a passion for working with and developing young players. Russell ticks all those boxes.”

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