Alan Curtis to remain in charge of Swansea City


Alan Curtis will remain in charge of Swansea City until the end of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

The long-time assistant coach of the Swans was placed in caretaker charge in December following the firing of Garry Monk and in his five games in charge they have won once, drawn twice and lost twice.

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Curtis, 61, has vast playing and coaching experience with the South Wales club having spent three spells with them as a player and working as a coach for many years under the likes of Roberto Martinez, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Monk.

In a statement on Swansea’s website chairman Huw Jenkins revealed that Swansea’s search for a new manager “hasn’t been easy because we didn’t want to make a short-term decision that would be detrimental to the club long-term.” Jenkins also revealed plenty of candidates for the job “didn’t want to put their reputations on the line by joining a club at the wrong end of the table.”

Swansea have only won two of their last 16 games in the Premier League which has seen them drop to 17th place and they currently sit just two points above the relegation zone.

The chairman went on to praise Curtis’ impact so far and hoped he would cement Swansea’s position in the PL and then this season could be reassessed in the summer.

“Alan Curtis and the current staff set-up will continue until the end of the season,’’ Jenkins said. “We firmly believe it is the right decision for Swansea City. Alan has been with us through good and bad times and was part of the management team that helped the club secure its Football League status over 12 years ago. He is fully aware of the next important job he has ahead of him to dig deep and find the required levels of performance and motivation to secure our Premier League status – our main goal this season.

“We believe there is nobody with more knowledge and experience of the club to do that than Alan Curtis. He has served Swansea City so well for more than 40 years and played an integral part in our recent success under the likes of Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk. We have a person at the helm who fully represents all Swansea City stands for; has the respect of the players and who will provide the calm reassurance and encouragement of our footballing beliefs.”

Curtis and Swansea face fourth-tier Oxford United in the FA Cup this weekend and then have two very winnable home games in the Premier League against Sunderland and Watford in the space of a week.