Swansea City legend Alan Curtis takes managerial reigns for Manchester City clash
11th December 2015
Swansea City will hand the managerial reigns over to club stalwart Alan Curtis for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City.
Curtis, 61, has been virtually ever present at the club in a playing and coaching capacity since 1972. He will take the step up from first-team coach while the club continues its search for Garry Monk's successor.
And with assistant-manager Pep Clotet having also left the club along with coaches Kristian O'Leary and James Beattie, Curtis will be assisted at the Etihad Stadium by goalkeeping coach Tony Roberts and the Academy's Head of Coaching, David Adams.
It will be Curtis's third spell as caretaker-manager having stepped into the hot-seat following the departures of Jan Molby in 1997 and Brian Flynn in 2004.
Alan Curtis is synonymous with Swansea City. In fact, he's simply known around the club as 'The Legend'.
The Welsh international not only played for the club over three different spells, but he has also held virtually every footballing position possible off the field from Football in the Community officer to youth team coach, first team caretaker manager and current coach.
He won 35 caps for his country and also had spells at Leeds United, Southampton and Cardiff City in a career that spanned two decades.
Curt experienced the highs of the game at the top level with the Swans during their meteoric rise through all four divisions to the top of the First, but only after he had experienced the lows as the Swans were forced to apply for re-election to the Football League in 1975.
During the 1977-78 promotion winning season he scored 32 league goals, just three short of the record set by Cyril Pearce during the 1931-32 season, and 12 months later joined Leeds United for a club record £400,000.
Noted for his body swerve, he had three spells with the Swans, but his individual goal in the Swans debut match in the old First Division against his former club Leeds will be remembered for a long time.
The Rhondda-born legend, nephew of Roy Paul, scored 95 goals from 359 league appearances for the Swans.
Since his playing career wound down in 1990, Curt has remained in the game as a coach with both the Swans and Wales, giving back to the game his wisdom and experience gained during his years as a player.
He has also occupied the assistant manager, youth team manager, and Football in the Community officer roles at the Swans along with a stint as matchday host.
Now First Team Coach, Curt stepped up his role with the arrival of new manager Michael Laudrup to work alongside the Great Dane and assistant manager Erik Larsen, before maintaining the same role following Garry Monk's appointment in February 2014.
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