Monday 19 August 2019

Alan Curtis urges return to Swansea's traditional style under new manager

Caretaker boss Alan Curtis wants to see a return to Swansea's traditional playing style
Caretaker boss Alan Curtis wants to see a return to Swansea's traditional playing style

Alan Curtis wants Swansea's new manager to restore the club's traditional playing style.

Bayern Munich assistant Paul Clement has emerged as the favourite to succeed Bob Bradley after number one target Chris Coleman, the Wales manager and a former Swansea player, closed the door on an emotional return to his home town club.

But Curtis will take charge of Saturday's home game against Bournemouth, with Swansea 19th in the Premier League and four points from safety.

It is a familiar scenario for Curtis, who ends 2016 in the same caretaker position he started the year, as Swansea seek to appoint their third manager of the season.

"I don't want to be here, I want the club to be successful, and I think the people upstairs share that frustration and pain," Curtis said.

"We have to get back to our style, the way we play.

"I don't think it is as difficult as it may seem, because I still see it there in training.

"But cracks have appeared and I would never have seen this happening 18 months ago."

Garry Monk, Francesco Guidolin and Bradley - whose 11-game reign was the joint-second shortest in Premier League history - have all paid the price for Swansea's fall from grace in the past year or so.

Two seasons ago Swansea finished eighth and, after last term's flirtation with relegation, they find themselves in deep trouble with the Bournemouth game marking the halfway point of the campaign.

Worse still, Swansea appear to have lost their identity - on and off the pitch - which was integral in their climb from fourth to top tier and had pundits hailing them as a model Premier League club.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins recently admitted mistakes had been made in the boardroom, but Curtis feels the players should accept a portion of the blame for the club's decline.

"When you look at the squad we've got good players - World Cup winners, internationals and boys who have played in the league in a long time," Curtis said.

"So I hope the players feel a bit responsible for things.

"But I think we will see a more upbeat performance and different atmosphere on Saturday.

"The most important relationship at any club is between the players and the fans, and we need to show more spirit and fight to get the crowd behind us."

Swansea were two points above the relegation zone last December when Curtis took temporary command following the departure of Monk.

The 62-year-old took eight points from seven games before Guidolin was appointed and Swansea eventually navigated their way to safety.

"We have fewer points now, but it is a lot tighter this year," Curtis said.

"Sunderland have been bottom in recent years but found a way out.

"We need to do the same, but this is the worst situation we have found ourselves in.

"But it is close enough for us to get out, we are only one win away from being right back in the pack again."

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