Alan Curtis promoted to Swansea City's first team
ALAN Curtis has been promoted by Swansea City and is to work alongside new manager Michael Laudrup as first-team coach.
Swansea legend Curtis has been handed a new two-year contract which ensures he will be at the club until beyond his 60th birthday.
And he has moved up from his previous position as development coach and reserve-team manager to a new role working directly with Swansea's senior stars.
Laudrup has appointed long-time sidekick Erik Larsen as his assistant manager.
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And with Curtis also in place, the top-end of Swansea's new-look management team has now been finalised.
"Alan will work closely with Michael on all first team matters," said Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins.
"He will help provide the link to what we have developed at this football club over the past few years.
"Alan will help provide Michael with the knowledge of not only the existing squad and his experience of life in the Premier League, but how things have run at the club over the years.
"It will help make Michael's transition into our football club as efficient, effective and comfortable as possible."
Curtis moves up the ladder after former Swansea player Kristian O'Leary was added to the club's coaching staff yesterday.
O'Leary is to take responsibility for developing Swansea's young players and will also be in charge of the reserves alongside youth boss Tony Pennock.
That means Curtis can focus on the first team once more having previously worked at that level as part of various other Swansea regimes down the years.
"Alan's reputation as a coach and a person is right up there with the best and we would be foolish not to utilise his talents," Jenkins added.
"He has been a fantastic servant to this football club — and long may that continue."
Curtis and O'Leary, plus the other staff members Brendan Rodgers left behind, met Laudrup for the first time earlier this week.
And former frontman Curtis is relishing the prospect of teaming up with the Dane as Swansea have a second crack at the Premier League.
"I'm really looking forward to working closely with Michael," Curtis said.
"His reputation as a player is unbelievable and I'm sure he will match it as a manager going forward.
"I know the players are all looking forward to working with him as well, so there are more exciting times ahead."
Swansea are thought likely to make further additions to their backroom team in the coming weeks after Rodgers took three members of staff with him to Liverpool.
Assistant boss Colin Pascoe, head analyst Chris Davies and conditioning guru Glenn Driscoll all followed Swansea's former manager to Anfield.