Alan Curtis

Steve Cooper | As a club we are so proud of Alan Curtis

31st December 2020

Steve Cooper says everyone at Swansea City is delighted to see Alan Curtis’ “massive” contribution to Welsh football rewarded with an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list.

The 66-year-old, the club’s honorary president, has been recognised for his services to Welsh football after a career in the game that has lasted more than four decades.

He also played a part in Cooper’s own appointment as head coach in June 2019, and the Swans boss had nothing but the warmest congratulations for the Swansea City great on his achievement.

“It’s amazing. The initial feeling from the football club is one of great pride, and congratulations to him,” he said.

“It’s great for him because it is real recognition of his services to Welsh football. He has worked with the national team, and with Swansea. Everyone in Welsh football knows who Alan Curtis is.

“I have known him for a long while now, but have got to know him particularly well since I have been here.

Alan Curtis

“We speak regularly, we speak at length about his views on the game. He is always honest with me and he is a really good bloke.

“He is a people person, and he has made a massive contribution to Welsh football as a player and a coach.

“On behalf of the current team and the staff, I just want to congratulate him and we look forward to the day where he can officially receive his MBE.

“I will always be indebted to him, Leon (Britton) and Trevor (Birch) for listening to me and giving me the chance to manage this club."