Swansea City caretaker boss Alan Curtis vows team will give their all at Manchester City
11th December 2015
Swans caretaker Alan Curtis has promised his team will fight and scrap for everything at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in search of vital Barclays Premier League points.
Curtis, who has been involved with the club for 40 years in various capacities as player and coach, will front the team at Manchester City following the departure of Garry Monk and three members of his backroom team this week.
Hailed as a 'legend' in the city, Curtis is determined not to let the Swans fans down after a difficult start to a campaign with 14 points from 15 games.
"It's been a difficult few days for everyone,'' explained Curtis, who scored 95 goals from 359 league appearances for the Swans.
"We are all used to managers leaving because sadly that has always been part of the game. But Garry's departure seemed a lot more personal to everyone because he has been at the club so long, together with Kristian O'Leary.
"We all feel - staff and players - that we have let him down and we want to go a small way to rectifying that on Saturday.
"Some may say it's too late because Garry's already gone, but we also have a massive duty and responsibility to the club and our supporters. They haven't been through many difficult periods over the last 10 years, but we want to rectify this one as soon as possible.
"Yes, we are on a bad run, but we won't be going to the Etihad just to make up the numbers and get the fixture out of the way while we wait for a new manager to come in.
"We need every point we can and we will strive to be competitive and get something out of a difficult game."
Curtis will take a near full-strength squad to Manchester with only Franck Tabanou (thigh) out and striker Eder rated doubtful having missed the 3-0 defeat to Leicester with an ankle injury.
"We have had two lively training sessions on Thursday and Friday. The boys trained well,'' added the former Welsh international.
"The whole squad is together and they want our fans to see them fighting and scrapping for everything. It's the least they deserve.''
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