Swansea appoint Curtis as manager until end of the season

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2016 10:04

Alan Curtis: Feels Swansea are in safe hands

Swansea have confirmed the appointment of Alan Curtis as their manager until the end of the season.

The 61-year-old has been in caretaker charge since Swansea sacked Garry Monk on December 9 after a run of only one win in 12 games.

As previously reported by TEAMtalk.com, Curtis takes over until the end of the season and now faces the tough task of being the man to lead Swansea’s fight for Premier League safety.

The Swans are currently 17th in the league, and in Curtis’s five league games in charge he has won one, drawn two and lost two.

Curtis’s first game in full-time charge will be Sunday’s FA Cup third-round tie at Oxford, before crucial Premier League home games against fellow strugglers Sunderland and high-flying Watford.

Announcing Curtis’s appointment on the club’s official website, chairman Huw Jenkins said: “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 over 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 all been impressed with the way he has improved performance levels over the last five games. The players have obviously responded to him because we have seen an uplift in performances.”

Speaking of his appointment, Curtis said he will “give everything” to the role.

“If the club believes I am the right man to take things forward then I will give everything I have to the role,” he said.

“If I’m honest I didn’t envisage taking caretaker charge for more than a couple of games, as I’ve done on two previous occasions over the years.

“But as the weeks have gone on I feel I have grown into the job and I’m a lot happier now taking it until the end of the season.”

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