Swansea back Curtis to keep them up
Swansea have appointed Alan Curtis as their manager until the end of the season. He had been acting as caretaker since Garry Monk was sacked last month following a run of only one win in 12 games.
Under Curtis, Swansea have won one, drawn two and lost two of their five games and are 17th in the Premier League - two points above the relegation zone.
The club website describes Curtis, who won 35 caps for Wales and also had playing spells at Leeds, Southampton and Cardiff, as 'The Legend'. Chairman Hew Jenkins said Curtis had been impressive in his short time in charge, adding: "We believe there is nobody with more knowledge and experience of the club than Alan.
"He has served Swansea so well for more than 40 years and played an integral part in our recent success under Roberto Martinez, Paulo Sousa, Brendan Rodgers, Michael Laudrup and Garry Monk."
Napoli have rejected a £14.1m bid from Swansea for the Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini. They had hoped he could bolster their forward line but the Serie A club are holding out for £16m.