Swansea set for trouble after caretaker appointment


Swansea City have made the choice to appoint Alan Curtis as manager until the end of the season and come the end of May they will be regretting that decision.

The Swans are currently 17th in the league and are priced at 3/1 to go down: with the record under Curtis this looks more likely.

While the 61-year-old boss was already caretaker, the Welsh team only won one in five and this form is reflective of a team in danger of relegation.

Furthermore, the history of Premier League clubs making an internal appointment shows that the Swans have made a bad decision.

Last season, both Newcastle United and QPR looked to bring in managers from within and they both ended up regretting those choices.

John Carver took charge of the Magpies at the end of January 2015, replacing Alan Pardew who left for Crystal Palace, in order to switch his employment from a club where he was hated to one where he was loved.

Carver only won three of his games in charge and the Toon only stayed up on the final day.

A month after the 50-year-old took charge at St James’ Park, Chris Ramsey was taking over the dugout at Loftus Road.

The Rs were relegated following a 6-0 loss at Manchester City, but the 53-year-old was trusted to steer the team out of the Championship.

This proved to be a mistake and Ramsey was sacked with QPR languishing in 13th, with his total win percentage at just over 28%.

An earlier example of the perils of bringing in your caretaker on a permanent basis comes from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

After dismissing Mick McCarthy in February 2012, Wolves went after every manager available and when they all turned them down, they promoted Terry Connor to the hot seat.

The man known as TC to fans at Molineux failed to win a game as Wolves went down and he was back as McCarthy’s assistant when he went to Ipswich Town.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.