I’d be willing to step down at Swansea, says Curtis

Date published: Sunday 17th January 2016 12:38

Alan Curtis: Would step aside for arrival of new manager

Swansea caretaker boss Alan Curtis says he would be willing to step aside if the club found a new manager to guide them to Premier League safety. 

Curtis was confirmed last week as caretaker manager until the end of the season, succeeding Garry Monk who was sacked last December.

Curtis’s first game since he was confirmed as interim manager ended in disaster as his side crashed out of the FA Cup in a 3-2 loss to League Two side Oxford United.

With the Swans dropping into the relegation zone ahead of their Monday night Premier League game against Watford, it has been reported that Curtis’s position is already under threat.

After an extensive search by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins failed find the right man for the job, it was understood that Curtis was set to see the remainder of the season out.

But Curtis has suggested that the club’s future is the priority and says he would be willing to step down if a new manager was identified.

“I’d expect to be here until the end of the season, 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,” said Curtis.

“I’ve got no sort of vanity (that I must) be here until the end of the season.

“We’ve worked hard to get into the Premier League.

“It’s important we stay here, not just for next season but for seasons to come as well.”

Newcastle’s 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday saw Swansea drop into the bottom three, and with only one win in Curtis’s six games in charge, Swansea now find themselves in a relegation battle.

And Curtis says that his side need to “keep believing” as they attempt to keep their Premier League status.

“I can’t contemplate it (relegation). We have to find a way,” said the 61-year-old.

“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.”


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