Pep Clotet and Darryl Flahavan Join Garry Monk’s Leeds Team
It’s been almost two weeks since Garry Monk officially took the reins at Leeds United, but much of the talk has been around who hasn’t been appointed yet. At the time of his announcement, Monk took over a club which lacked an assistant manager, sporting director, goalkeeping coach and academy director – all roles which needed filling, and filling quickly.
Now, two of those roles have been filled with the announcement that Pep Clotet and Darryl Flahavan have joined the club as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach respectively, bringing a great deal of knowledge and experience to the coaching set up of the club.
Clotet worked alongside Monk at Swansea City, joining the Welsh clubs academy as a coach in 2013, before being promoted to the number two role once Monk was announced as head coach. Over two years, Clotet and Monk developed a close and highly fruitful working relationship, as well as a close friendship. The Spaniard never played professional football (only in the Spanish amateur leagues), but has had a long and successful coaching career, and regularly writes in both Spanish and English for the website Marca, where he shows outstanding analytical skills and a real footballing brain.
At Monk’s first official press conference, he identified Clotet as his preferred assistant, saying: “I have had an incredible relationship with him. He’s an excellent coach, a top calibre coach who brings a lot to the table and will help in the way that I work. He helps myself and will help all the players and all the staff and everyone at the club so he is definitely one of most importance.”
Alongside Clotet is Darryl Flahavan, a man who recently lined up at #1 for Crawley Town. Across his long and stories career, Flahavan made over 400 career appearances at clubs like Woking, Crystal Palace, Oldham, Portsmouth, Bournemouth and Southend United. He also moved to Leeds United on a season long loan in 2009, but did not appear due to injury.
His appearance as goalkeeping coach is his first coaching role, but with a huge wealth of experience across all four tiers of the English professional game, there can be little doubt of his qualifications as a goalkeeper. He steps into the role vacated by Richard Hartis, who was scouted by England’s goalkeeping set up to coach the junior national sides, an offer which he found tough to refuse.