Swansea interim manager Alan Curtis says he would accept demotion

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Swansea City hired longtime servant Alan Curtis to guide the club to safety while they look for the right man for the job long term. It hasn’t quite worked out the way they’d hoped out of the gates. The Swans have fallen into the relegation zone with their 4-2 home loss to Sunderland, marking three league matches without a win.

Curtis, who has been with the club as a player or staff member for nearly 40 years, understands that the good of the club is what he cares about the most, even if it means he must step down.

“I’d expect to be here until the end of the season,” Curtis said, “but if results go against us and the club deem it that they need to bring someone in at short notice, then so be it. I’ve got no sort of vanity (that I must) be here until the end of the season.”

Curtis, having been with the club for so long, can’t seem to fathom the idea of going down, and will do whatever it takes to avoid that, even so far as to give up his own job.

“I can’t contemplate [relegation]. We have to find a way,” Curtis said. “If you analyse the six games the performances have been good, and the win over West Brom was the least impressive. From those games we could have had an extra six or seven points at least, which would have given us a huge lift, and we’d be far more relaxed about our prospects for the rest of the season. But where we are now we need a change of fortune and the only way you can do that is keep believing in what you’re doing. The players certainly still have that belief. I’ve always said our style will be the thing that will save us or take us down, but I don’t want to think about that.”

Swansea has just two wins since beating Manchester United in August. Garry Monk was fired in early December, and Curtis has been in charge since on an interim basis.