Alan Curtis reckons Carlos Carvalhal’s personality has been key to giving Swansea City a “massive opportunity” to pull clear of relegation danger.
The Swans were deep in trouble when Carvalhal was appointed manager at the end of December, with just 13 points taken from 20 Premier League games this season prior to his arrival.
Since then, however, the Swans have banked another 18 points from their next 10 top-flight outings to climb off the bottom of the table and up to 14th.
And Swans legend Curtis believes Carvalhal’s positive attitude and approach has had a big impact on the squad he inherited.
“All credit to Carlos,” Curtis said.
“He has a lovely, bubbly personality and I think he has lifted the players and instilled belief in them.
“They look as if they are really enjoying the game now and we look as if we can give anybody a game.
“It’s going to be tense between now and the end of the season, but I think we have given ourselves a massive opportunity to make sure we have an eighth season in the Premier League.”
Curtis, who these days serves as loan player manager at the Liberty, spends much of his time on the road as he keeps tabs on the various Swans who are out on loan
But he has been in SA1 for a couple of recent home fixtures as a result of matches elsewhere – which Curtis had been due to attend to watch on-loan Swans – falling foul of the weather.
“I missed some of the games we struggled in earlier in the season such as Brighton, Watford and Newcastle,” he added.
“But I have seen the last couple of home league games because of circumstances elsewhere and I think we have been absolutely brilliant.
“I saw West Ham because my game was postponed and I thought the boys were excellent.
“We looked a really solid unit and the players look unrecognisable almost from the start of the season.
“We have got a bit of momentum now. We have just got to try to go from strength to strength.
“Like a lot of people, I was worried a couple of months ago. It was hard to see us getting out of trouble. But looking at it now, we are all far more optimistic.”