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Last Updated: Monday, 5 April, 2004, 10:16 GMT 11:16 UK
Jackett keeps open mind
QPR assistant Kenny Jackett is the new Swansea manager
QPR assistant Kenny Jackett is the new Swansea manager
New Swansea manager Kenny Jackett says he will give the current squad every opportunity to impress him before deciding which players to bring in.

Jackett, 42, has six Division Three games in charge this season after accepting a two-year contract.

"It'll be a good assessing period for me before I make any adjustments to the structure of the club and the playing squad," he told BBC Sport.

"I don't want to go in with too many preconceived ideas."

Jackett quit as assistant manager at Second Division promotion chasers Queens Park Rangers to take the Vetch hot-seat.

He's young, professional, organised, committed and passionate
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins on Kenny Jackett
The former Wales international - whose parents hail from Swansea - also spent seven years as a coach at Watford, which included a spell as manager in the 1996/97 season.

And despite dropping down a division to join Swansea, Jackett said the opportunity was too good to pass.

"In the end it was an easy decision to make and one that fills me with enthusiasm," he added.

"I've spent a long time as an assistant and I do feel I'm ready to now to step on to manage my own team."

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told BBC Radio Wales that out of all the candidates who had put their name forward, Jackett had shown the most desire to get the job.

"He's probably the most experienced 42-year-old in the Football League with his coaching knowledge," Jenkins added.

"He's young, professional, organised, committed and passionate. He's certainly the right man at the right time to come to take the club forward."

Jackett will become Swansea's sixth manager in just over two and a half years, and Jenkins acknowledged the club needs to build some stability to improve results on the field.

"Kenny will be given the full backing of the board," he said. "If need be during the summer they'll be some players brought in to assist him next season to make sure we have a full and committed assault on getting out of the Third Division."

Alan Curtis has been caretaker manager at the Vetch Field since Brian Flynn and assistant Kevin Reeves departed "by mutual consent".

He will pick the side to play Rhyl in the FAW Premier Cup on Wednesday, but a decision has not yet been taken on whether he will become Jackett's assistant or revert back to his role as youth team coach.

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