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Curtis set to carry on after Swans held by Hammers

By Staff Reporter

Published 21/12/2015

Swansea's caretaker manager Alan Curtis
Swansea's caretaker manager Alan Curtis

Caretaker boss Alan Curtis says he is preparing to take charge of Swansea's festive fixtures as the club's search for a new manager continues.

Curtis picked up his first point since being put in temporary charge following the sacking of Garry Monk as Swansea fought out a goalless draw with West Ham at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

The draw was not enough to take Swansea out of the Premier League relegation zone but, just like Curtis' dug-out debut in the 2-1 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, it was an improved performance compared to the final games of Monk's 22-month reign.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins hopes to name a new manager in the next week - with former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa still the preferred choice - but Curtis says his job is to focus on preparing the team for the Boxing Day visit of West Brom and the trip to Crystal Palace two days later.

"We are preparing as if we are in charge, there is a quick turnaround of games," Curtis said after Swansea had ended a run of three successive defeats.

"We have to prepare not just for West Brom, but for Palace.

"If someone comes in they can take the reins but we have to prepare.

"It is important to bring someone in sooner rather than later, but it is more important to get the right man.

"If that takes a while then we are happy to carry on."

West Ham have now gone seven games without a win since beating Chelsea at the end of October to go third in the table. Manager Slaven Bilic said: "We were very resilient and stubborn in a positive way, we defended very well and I thought we deserved a point."

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