Curtis relishing first-team return

27th June 2018
First team

Alan Curtis is relishing his return to the first-team environment after being installed as assistant coach to Swans boss Graham Potter.

The Swans legend is back among the first-team fold after agreeing to become part of Potter’s backroom staff.

As a result, Curtis relinquishes his role as loan player manager – a position he has held since January 2017.

Now he will be on hand to offer Potter a helping hand as he bids to steer the Swans back to the top flight.

“I’m delighted to be back on the coaching staff,” said Curtis, who has held roles from player to caretaker manager over 40 years’ service to the club. “It’s a big compliment to be asked by Graham.

“My job is to provide the link between the staff and the players and also amongst the staff.

“I think it’s important that we get the environment right off the field so that when we go onto the field, we’re all pulling in the same direction.

“He’s the new manager and wants to make his mark on things.

“With the experience I’ve had in the past and my knowledge of the club, he feels I can be an asset to him.

“He’s got his ideas of where he wants the club to go, how he wants to get there and how we wants the team to play.

“I think he just wants to get back to an ethos at the club that has been missing over the last couple of seasons.

“I’ve been at the club for such a long time. If it enables Graham to get to know the players more, understand the environment of the place, know the club, supporters and general atmosphere then, hopefully, we can have a successful season.”