Unbeaten run has bought Swansea time: Curtis

Published 12/31/2015, 3:02 AM EST
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REUTERS – Swansea City’s three-game unbeaten run in the Premier League has bought the club a little time in their search for Garry Monk’s successor, caretaker manager Alan Curtis said ahead of Saturday’s clash with Manchester United.

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The Swans, who have not named a replacement since Monk was sacked earlier this month, have performed well under 61-year-old Curtis as they picked up their first win in eight games.

“It has probably bought us a little bit of time, if we had lost the four games than obviously there would be a huge amount of pressure on the club to try an appoint a new manager,” Curtis told reporters on Wednesday.

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“But the results in the last three matches have been good and the performances have been good as well. We have shown a lot of spirit and a lot of character as well as the ability to play the type of game that we want to play.”

Despite being the bookmakers favourite to land the job in a permanent capacity, Curtis refused to comment on his future at the club.

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“I am quite comfortable with the situation we find ourselves in at the minute. Things can change this week, but it’s highly unlikely. I don’t need any statement about where we are, we just carry on,” Curtis said.

“I am doing what I am paid to do which is preparing the team for the weekend. I will carry on doing that until the situation changes.”

Swansea, who are fourth from bottom in the table and just two points above the relegation zone, travel to sixth-placed Manchester United, who are on a eight-game winless run in all competitions, on Saturday.

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(Reporting by Shravanth Vijayakumar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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