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Alan Curtis favours British Swansea City manager

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Thriving Swans await new boss - Curtis

Swansea City coach Alan Curtis says the club should consider appointing a home-grown manager following the departure of Paulo Sousa to Leicester City.

Ex-Wales forward Curtis is in temporary charge at the Liberty Stadium, along with fellow coach Colin Pascoe.

"Possibly it's time now to go back to a British manager... young, bags of enthusiasm, willing to work maybe slightly to a budget," Curtis said.

"But whoever is appointed will come into a thriving club."

Curtis says that Portuguese Sousa, whose sudden departure from came as a surprise, did well for the club, as did his predecessor Roberto Martinez before the Spaniard took over at Premier League side Wigan.

With Swansea having changed managers in each of the past two summers, Curtis admits there has been "some instability" but believes the club has remained strong despite the disruptions.

That is born out by results on the field, with Swansea finishing in a creditable seventh place last season in the Championship and eighth the previous term, following their promotion as League One champions in 2007/8.

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And while Curtis feels a manager with that British touch would be ideal, he says it is also important that the new man favours the style of passing football that has won Swansea so many admirers over those past few seasons.

"Paulo did exceptionally well to finish seventh, just outside the play-offs," Curtis said.

"Roberto was probably a revelation the just over two seasons he was with us, so I guess it's probably someone in that mould.

"I don't think there's anybody about to be appointed because it's caught everyone on the hop a little bit.

"But when a new manager comes in he'll work with a good group of players and then we'll look forward to the start of the season.

"He is going to inherit a really good squad; normally a change of management is when a team is struggling but this is a really good squad and with a little bit of work we can be successful again next year."



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