Curtis: Swansea Is Special To Me & Leon
Alan Curtis has compared his return to Swansea City to Leon Britton's, saying the club is special to the pair of them.
Curtis, a Swansea City legend and current coach at the club, left the Swans to join Leeds United but it never worked out at Elland Road and he was back at the Vetch Field 18 months later in December 1980.
He was back at the one club that he says was 'special' to him, and compares those feelings with Britton, who recently returned having admitted he made a mistake in leaving to join Sheffield United last Summer.
'There are definite similarities,'
'I think as a player you get attached to a club.
'Irrespective of how many clubs you play for in your career — and there are not many players who do not move around these days — I think there tends to be one which will be a bit special to you.
'I'm sure for Leon, as with myself, Swansea are that club.
'He has been honest enough to admit he made a mistake going to Sheffield United, and I remember thinking when he went there that it was a strange choice.
'He was probably seduced by the manager saying the team were going to change, but it's really difficult to change a team's style when a certain way of playing is ingrained in the players.
'It was always going to be difficult for Leon up there, and I'm just glad the opportunity to come back materialised.
'Sometimes there can be an interest there but the transfer doesn't work out.
'Thankfully Leon is back with us now. He is delighted, and all the players and staff are delighted because he was such a fantastic player in his first spell at the club.'
Curtis also told the Evening Post that winning promotion to the Premier League now would far outweigh the same achievement that he was part of 3 decades ago.
'There was no relegation from the bottom division back then, but I was part of a Swansea team who had to apply for re-election,'
'Probably within seven years, we were top of the old First Division.
'That was an amazing achievement and you're almost a little bit protective about it.
'But to be fair to the boys now, winning promotion to the Premier League would far outweigh anything we did.
'We did things a lot more quickly. It was more spectacular.
'But then you look at how the game has changed and the amount of money that is flying around now.
'There were big clubs in our day — Liverpool, Spurs, Villa and Leeds — but the money now is incredible.
'For a club like us to be even challenging to get promotion now is a massive achievement.'
Curtis even says that finishing in the play-offs this season would be a disappointment, as top 2 is our target:
'Being realistic, I think this season is probably the best chance for any club, not just ourselves, to finish not only in the play-offs but in the top two,'
'We don't know who will come down yet, but you'd think that next season there will be three clubs who will have a more than realistic chance of getting back up to the Premier League.
'But this year the top-two possibility is there for everybody, and for us it's really strong.
'As it stands, we will be disappointed if we end up in the play-offs.'