Swansea caretaker boss to continue over the festive period

first_imgCaretaker boss Alan Curtis says he is preparing to take charge of Swansea’s festive fixtures as the club’s search for a new manager continues.Curtis picked up his first point since being put in temporary charge following the sacking of Garry Monk as Swansea fought out a goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.The draw was not enough to take Swansea out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone but, just like Curtis’ dug-out debut in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, it was an improved performance compared to the final games of Monk’s 22-month reign.Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hopes to name a new manager in the next week – with former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa still the preferred choice – but Curtis says his job is to focus on preparing the team for the Boxing Day visit of West Brom and the trip to Crystal Palace two days later.“We are preparing as if we are in charge, there is a quick turnaround of games,” Curtis said after Swansea had ended a run of three successive defeats.“We have to prepare not just for West Brom, but for Palace.“If someone comes in they can take the reins but we have to prepare.“It is important to bring someone in sooner rather than later, but it is more important to get the right man.“If that takes a while then we are happy to carry on – and we assume we will be in charge.”Swansea dominated for long periods but they struggled to create chances and break down a resilient West Ham defence.But Curtis felt they should have been awarded a 62nd-minute penalty when Ki Sung-yueng’s goal-bound shot struck the hand of Hammers defender James Collins.“I was not sure at the time, but when I see it again it looks like a penalty,” Curtis said.“Down the bottom you do not get the decisions you deserve.“We just need that good fortune and we are frustrated.“In terms of possession we were excellent, we looked like Swansea City again.“We bossed the game but we just lacked that killer edge up front.” 1 Alan Curtis last_img read more

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