Leon: We must find the right man

27th December 2017
First team

Leon Britton insists Swansea City must ensure they find the right man to take the club forward rather than rushing a decision over who their new manager will be.

The managerless Swans endured an evening to forget at Anfield on Boxing Day as they were thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool.

Caretaker boss Britton admitted afterwards that the Swans’ standards slipped to unacceptable levels during a painful second half on Merseyside.

There was frustration for Britton that his team had failed to build on the battling 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace in his first game in charge.

Nevertheless, the 35-year-old is happy to remain at the helm for as long as it takes for the Swans to find Paul Clement’s permanent replacement.

“Of course we need the stability that a new manager would bring, but I still believe we have to make sure the long-term future of the club is right,” Britton said.

“That means the most important thing now is that we find the right man.

“Of course after a result like we had at Liverpool, I understand that people will say we need to speed up the process, but I think it’s vitally important to get the right manager to take us forward.”

Britton is waiting for an update from the club’s owners on the search for a boss, but will take training today ahead of Saturday’s trip to Watford.

He concedes that whenever an appointment comes, the Swans will welcome the arrival of a new man at the top.

“If we perform like we did in the second half at Liverpool, it is going to be a very long second half of the season,” he added.

“We need to make sure we don’t get cut adrift at the bottom, and we need a new manager to come in and lift the place. But, as I say, we have to make sure we find the right one.”