Claude Makelele has joined Paul Clement’s coaching staff at Swansea.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid midfielder, who was so good during his spell at Stamford Bridge the holding midfielder role became known as the ‘Makelele role’, has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season and will attempt to help keep Swansea, who have been struggling this season – in the Premier League.
The Swans currently sit 20th in the league with 20 games played, with a disappointing 4 wins.
Makelele and Clement do have history together, with the former France international working with Clement during their time at Stamford Bridge, where Makelele was a player for five years from 2003 to 2008.
The Zaire-born player won the Champions League and two La Liga titles with Real Madrid, and two Premier League trophies with Chelsea, and it seems as though now the Frenchman is looking for a new challenge.
With the way the Swans season has been going this campaign, it is a big ask already to be able to keep them up, but with a man credited as one of the best occupiers of the modern defensive-midfield role now joining the back-room staff, Swansea fans may be able to feel a little more optimistic about avoiding the Championship drop.