Sunderland’s Sam Allardyce believes Alan Curtis has done a good job helping stabilise Swansea City

File photo dated 20-12-2015 of Swansea City's caretaker manager Alan Curtis before the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Swansea will operate as normal in the January transfer window despite continued uncertainty over appointing a new manager. That is the assessment of caretaker boss Alan Curtis, who remains in charge for a fifth time at Manchester United on Saturday See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read Nigel French/PA Wire
File photo dated 20-12-2015 of Swansea City's caretaker manager Alan Curtis before the Barclays Premier League match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 31, 2015. Swansea will operate as normal in the January transfer window despite continued uncertainty over appointing a new manager. That is the assessment of caretaker boss Alan Curtis, who remains in charge for a fifth time at Manchester United on Saturday See PA story SOCCER Swansea. Photo credit should read Nigel French/PA Wire

Sam Allardyce believes Alan Curtis has done a good job helping stabilise a vulnerable Swansea City since taking charge from Garry Monk.

Monk was axed on December 9 after a run of only one win in 12 games, with 61-year-old Curtis handed the reins on a temporary basis.

Alan has done a stabilising job. We know Swansea have shown a few more vulnerabilities this season than they have done before

Sam Allardyce

After impressing Swans chairman Huw Jenkins, he was handed the job on a permanent basis until the end of the season. The Swans are 17th in the Premier League, four points above Sunderland ahead of tonight’s match at the Liberty Stadium.

Allardyce, who says experienced Curtis has the backing of the Swansea squad, also sympathised with Monk, who he tipped to bounce back.

“[Alan] knows Swansea inside-out and he’s been sat behind all managers for many years,” said Allardyce.

“I’m sure that the players respect him for the position he’s in and will go out to produce results.

“I felt incredibly sorry for Garry Monk, having done what he did and been such a big part of Swansea for so many years.

“But Alan has done a stabilising job. We know Swansea have shown a few more vulnerabilities this season than they have done before.”