Swans boss Alan Curtis believes he has seen enough over his five games in charge to remain confident the club can retain its Barclays Premier League status come May.
Curtis, 61, was today handed the managerial reigns until the end of the season after stepping into the role following the dismissal of Garry Monk on December 9.
His five games in charge have yielded five precious points, but it has been the uplift in performance levels that prompted Chairman Huw Jenkins and the Board of Directors to stick with the club legend until the end of the current campaign.
“It’s an honour to be asked to manage this football club until the end of the season,’’ declared Curtis, who has served the club as player and coach for over 40 years. “If the club believes I am the right man to take things forward then I will give everything I have to the role.
“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.
“The biggest plus factor for me has been the response and attitude of the players. I think everyone who watches Swansea regularly has seen a vast improvement in performances over the last five games, even though we probably could and should have picked up a better points total.
“From what I’ve seen, not just on the pitch but also on the training ground, I firmly believe we can get the results required between now and the end of the campaign to push us up the table.
“We are making progress and moving in the right direction. We still have a lot of work to do, but I have every confidence in the players’ ability and the support of our fans - which will be huge - to get us over the line.’’
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