Swansea caretaker manager Alan Curtis admits Garry Monk’s departure was more painful because he had been at the club for so long.
Curtis, who has been involved with Swansea for 40 years in various roles as player and coach, takes charge of team affairs at Manchester City on Saturday following a week of turmoil at the Liberty Stadium.
Monk was sacked on Wednesday after a run of one win in 11 games, ending his 22-month tenure as manager and an association with Swansea stretching back to 2004 when he first joined as a player.
“It’s been a difficult few days for everyone,” Curtis told the official Swansea website.
“We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game.
“But Garry’s departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with Kristian O’Leary.
“We all feel – staff and players – that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday.
“Some may say it’s too late because Garry’s already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters.”
Swansea have slipped from a top-four place in late August to being a single point above the relegation zone after taking only six points from the last 33 on offer.
But Curtis promises they will test third-placed City at the Etihad Stadium.
“Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won’t be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in,” Curtis said.
“We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game.
“The whole squad is together and they want our fans to see them fighting and scrapping for everything. It’s the least they deserve.”
Swansea are in the process of drawing up a shortlist of managerial candidates and hope to appoint Monk’s successor before their Premier League home game with West Ham on December 20.
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has been linked with the post in what would mark a return to his homeland for the former Wales captain.
“First I have to speak to Ryan Giggs by himself if it’s true,” United manager Louis van Gaal said when asked about the reports at his press conference before the league visit to Bournemouth.
“And (in that case), he’s coming to me. I never read papers and I think that it’s the truth. I’m sorry.
“I cannot speak about ‘if’. The ‘if’ situations.”
Former United manager David Moyes had earlier ruled himself out of the running after figuring heavily in the betting following Monk’s departure.
Moyes said he was ready to return to management following his dismissal from Spanish top-flight club Real Sociedad in November, but insisted Swansea was not for him.
“I’m not interested in the (Swansea) job,” Moyes told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on talkSport.
“I’ve let that be known earlier in the week that it wasn’t for me.”
Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, who is currently at Greek club AEK Athens, is expected to be among the names discussed.
The Uruguayan was close to landing the job when Brendan Rodgers was appointed in 2010 and is understood to be out of contract at the end of the season, so compensation would not be a huge issue.
Ajax assistant Dennis Bergkamp, Chelsea’s former Champions League-winning boss Roberto Di Matteo and Rangers manager Mark Warburton are others who have been heavily linked with the Swansea vacancy.