Pep Clotet

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Pep Clotet
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Personal information
Full name Josep Clotet Ruiz
Date of birth (1977-04-28) 28 April 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Barcelona, Spain
Club information
Current team
Leeds United (assistant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Teams managed
2001–2003 Cornellà
2004–2006 Espanyol (youth)
2006 Figueres
2008–2009 Espanyol (youth)
2009 Espanyol B
2010 Malmö FF (assistant)
2011 Halmstad
2012 Viking FK (coach)
2012−2013 Málaga B
2013–2015 Swansea City (assistant)
2016– Leeds United (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Clotet and the second or maternal family name is Ruiz.

Josep 'Pep' Clotet Ruiz (born 28 April 1977) is a Spanish football coach, currently an assistant head coach of Leeds United.

Football career[edit]

Born in Barcelona, Catalonia, Clotet only appeared for local amateurs CF Igualada as a player.[1] Still in his 20s he became a coach, starting with UE Cornellà then moving to RCD Espanyol's youth teams.[1]

Clotet began the 2006–07 season with another side in his native region, UE Figueres, being fired after only nine games as they eventually suffered relegation from Segunda División B.[2] He subsequently returned to his previous club, still in charge of the youths.[1]

Clotet returned to senior football in the 2009–10 campaign, with Espanyol's reserves.[3] He met the same fate as in his previous experience, being sacked following the seventh round and with the team also being relegated from the third level.

Clotet worked in Sweden during one year, starting as assistant to Roland Nilsson at Malmö FF, who won the 2010 the Allsvenskan championship.[1] He then joined fellow league club Halmstads BK as head coach,[4] finishing 16th and last.

On 20 September 2011, Clotet agreed on joining Viking FK as coach in new manager Åge Hareide's backroom staff for the 2012 season.[5] After Hareide was sacked and Kjell Jonevret was appointed as his replacement, he left to look for a new challenge.[6]

On 11 July 2012, Clotet was appointed at Málaga CF's reserves in Tercera División, where he helped develop several players that would reach the first team shortly after, a situation mainly aided by the Andalusians' unstable economic situation.[7] He left the club after only one season, not being able to attain promotion.

On 19 November 2013, Clotet was appointed academy consultant at Swansea City as part of Michael Laudrup's coaching staff.[8] In May of the following year, he was promoted to assistant manager under Garry Monk.[1]

In November 2015, Clotet was offered the manager job at Football League Championship side Brentford, but rejected the offer out of loyalty to Monk.[9] He left his post at the Welsh club on 9 December of that year alongside first-team coaches James Beattie and Kristian O'Leary, following the sacking of Monk.[10][11]

On 13 June 2016, Clotet joined Monk's staff at Leeds United as assistant head coach.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Staff profiles". Swansea City A.F.C. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Temporada 2006–2007" [2006–2007 season] (in Catalan). UE Figueres. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "El RCD Espanyol "B" de Josep Clotet regresa a la actividad" [Josep Clotet's RCD Espanyol "B" returns to active] (in Spanish). Join Futbol. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Ny tränare: Josep Clotet Ruiz" [New coach: Josep Clotet Ruiz] (in Swedish). Halmstads BK. 5 December 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Spanjol blir ny Viking-trener" [Viking hires Spaniard as new coach]. Verdens Gang (in Norwegian). 20 September 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Pep lämnar Viking Stavanger" [Pep leaves Viking Stavanger]. Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Las tres sorpresas del arranque liguero" [The three league surprises so far]. Diario Sur (in Spanish). 21 August 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  8. ^ ". . . club appoint highly-rated Spaniard as academy consultant". Swansea City A.F.C. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Pep Clotet rejected offers to be Brentford boss out of loyalty to Garry Monk two weeks before he was sacked as Swansea assistant". Daily Mail. 11 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Swansea coaches leave club following departure of manager Garry Monk". The Guardian. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Swansea City: Pep Clotet, James Beattie and Kris O'Leary leave club". BBC Sport. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "Duo join backroom staff". Leeds United F.C. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016. 

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