After weeks of being rebuffed in their pursuit for a managerial replacement for the recently sacked Garry Monk, Swansea City opted to make caretaker boss Alan Curtis a permanent appointment until the end of the current season, but with the Welsh club having picked up just five points from as many games under the 61-year-old, could Swansea be considering their options already?
Swans couldn’t find an adequate replacement for Monk
Monk lost his job due to Swansea’s recent form replicating that of a relegation-threatened side, let alone City dropping positions in speedy fashion, but Curtis has hardly fared any better. His side lost 4-2 at home to Sunderland on Wednesday night, and the result left the Swansea just one place and one point above the relegation zone. Curtis certainly has his work cut out in the coming months with City among the lowest scorers, as well as having won the second least amount of games.
Curtis appointment a big gamble
Swansea were disappointing under Monk, but the young boss was still in his infancy in the role. Alan Curtis has experienced on his side to his age, but possesses no notable solitary coaching practice at the top level. So was Curtis really the right appointment to make? With results having been below of late, Swansea City are now 6/4 to suffer relegation from the Premier League,. They have beaten the drop in each of the last four seasons since their promotion from the Championship, but fear is creeping in of late.
City are looking to bolster the squad with new attacking options – Everton’s Steven Naismith and Napoli’s Johnathan De Guzman – but their immediate focus will be on domestic duties. Currently at risk of dropping into the relegation zone if they drop points in their next game, Swansea City really are in dire straits when looking at recent form as well as their side. Not many of their players would be so heavily coveted in the summer which somewhat spells the problem. The squad is weaker than in previous seasons, and confidence is at an all-time low.
Coming off the back of defeats to Manchester United & Sunderland in the Premier League and Oxford in the FA Cup, Swansea need the winning feeling back. There was a sense of real injustice in their clash with Sunderland, but excuses stand for very little in a must-win clash with potentially dangerous permutations. Swansea need results thick and fast otherwise they will be dragged into a real dogfight at the bottom. Do the club have faith in Alan Curtis to earn the Jacks survival in the Premier League?
Will they be regretting having sacked Garry Monk?