Date: 30th December 2017 at 1:42pm
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Swansea City midfielder Leon Britton says he was given a choice and has chosen to concentrate on playing rather than coaching this season.

In his first press conference as new Swansea City head coach, Carlos Carvalhal was asked about the situation involving Leon Britton, who was given a first team coaching role in November, before taking over as caretaker boss for two games while we searched for Paul Clement’s replacement.

Britton told the Official Site that he was given the choice, and he had the opportunity to stay on as part of the new manager’s coaching team, but the 35 year-old believed he was more useful offering his services as a player.

In fairness to the manager and chairman, they offered me the opportunity to stay as part of the new coaching set-up,”

“They left the decision entirely down to me, and I had to decide whether I wanted to be a coach or a player.

“I thought long and hard about it and while I enjoyed the coaching experience and learnt a lot in a short space of time, I still feel I can have a positive impact on the pitch as a player. I think that will be more beneficial to the club at this stage of the season.

“I am not ready to retire as a player yet, so I will review things again at the end of the season.”

As he revealed in his first press conference, Carvalhal has brought in four coaching staff, Joao Mario and Bruno Lage will be coaches, while Jhony Conceicao and Paulo Sampaio will work as analysts.