Alan Curtis: No first-team role for stalwart under new boss Paul Clement

Paul Clement and Alan Curtis
Paul Clement (left) joined Curtis on the touchline during Swansea's win over Crystal Palace

Head coach Paul Clement says Swansea City legend Alan Curtis has a "job for life" with the Premier League club.

But he confirmed Curtis would no longer be part of his first team coaching set up and would be offered another role.

"We want him to stay at the club," Clement told BBC Radio Wales Sport.

The long-serving Curtis, 62, played more than 350 games for the Swans and has been caretaker manager three times. Swansea say Clement "is still in the process of finalising" his staff.

Former Derby County boss Clement was appointed on Tuesday following the departure of Bob Bradley last week.

Curtis was in charge for the 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, the day Clement's arrival was confirmed.

Clement said Curtis would be meeting Swans chairman Huw Jenkins on Friday to discuss a new role with the Swans.

"Alan I know has been here for many many years," Clement said. "He was a legend as a player, back room staff, first team coach and caretaker manager.

"The situation with Alan is we want him to stay at the club. In the discussions I have had with the chairman Huw Jenkins today is as far as he is concerned - and I am the same - Alan has a job here for as long as he wants - for life if necessary."

Clement, who has brought in Nigel Gibbs and Karl Halabi as his assistants, also said Paul Williams recently appointed during the reign of former boss Bob Bradley - would also be offered ''another role'' away from the coaching set up.

Ex-Wales international Curtis has held a number of coaching roles with Swansea, and was appointed first-team coach by Michael Laudrup - a role he subsequently kept under Garry Monk, Francesco Guidolin and Bradley.

The former Leeds and Southampton forward has previously been assistant manager, youth team manager and Football in the Community officer at Swansea.

As a player he scored 32 goals during the club's promotion season in 1977-78 and was part of the team managed by John Toshack that won promotion to the old First Division in 1981.

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