Swansea City have been on something of a fairy tale ride in the last decade, they have risen from League Two to the Premier League. But is their ride coming to an end?
Swansea currently sit in 17th place in the Premier League table and after their 4-2 defeat to Sunderland they only sit one point above the relegation zone. So you have to wonder is the Swansea City fairy tale coming to an end.
Swansea started the 2004/05 season in League Two under manager Kenny Jackett, at the end of that season they were promoted to League One and the fairy tale for Swansea and their supporters began.
The following two seasons saw Swansea challenging at the top end of the table in League One. Though inconsistent performances saw Swansea part-company Jackett in February 2007. His replacement would be former player Roberto Martinez. Martinez would guide Swansea to promotion into the Championship in his first full season in charge.
In four seasons we had seen Swansea earn two promotions and start the 2008/09 in the second tier of English football. Martinez presided over Swansea’s first season in the second tier for 24 years and took them to an 8th place finish. Finishing six points off the play-off places.
The success Martinez enjoyed with Swansea was attracting the attention of many clubs. Most notably Celtic and Wigan. The Spaniard would leave South-Wales for the North-West of England with Wigan in June 2009.
Former Portuguese International Paulo Sousa was the man chosen to take Swansea on but he only lasted a year in the hot-seat. Sousa guided Swansea to their highest league finish for 27 years. Finishing 7th and 1 point outside the play-offs. He left the club at the end of the season by mutual consent though and took charge of Leicester City just three days later.
Brendan Rodgers was appointed as the successor to Sousa and Swansea finished 3rd and won promotion via the play-offs. That meant promotion to the Premier League and in doing so became the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League. Swansea finished 11th in their first season in the Premier League but once again they lost their manager to another club as Rodgers was poached by Liverpool.
Michael Laudrup was the man chosen by the Swansea board to replace Rodgers. In his first season, Laudrup took Swansea to the League Cup final, where they beat Bradford City 5-0 to lift the trophy and secure qualification to Europe for Swansea. Less than a year later Laudrup was sacked and replaced by Swansea stalwart Garry Monk. Monk’s first full season in charge in the 2014/15 season saw Swansea finishing 8th with a record points total.
Swansea made a decent start to the season and following a 2-1 defeat of Manchester United at the end of August, Swansea sat in 4th place in the Premier League table with two wins and two draws from their opening four games. They currently sit on 19 points from their 21 games. Meaning since the victory over United, they have taken 11 points from a possible 51.
That run of results cost Monk his job as he was sacked in early December following weeks of speculation surrounding his future. It was rumoured that the board wanted to bring someone in with more experience to work alongside Monk, but he was against this. Assistant Coach Alan Curtis was put in temporary charge with the belief that a permanent successor would be announced within weeks. Curtis though has since been appointed until the end of the season.
Curtis is a man that knows the club and has the respect of the playing staff but does he have the know how to guide Swansea clear of relegation and guarantee another season of Premier League football at the Liberty Stadium. Curtis enjoyed three spells as a player for Swansea and has been a member of the first-team coaching since June 2004. Curtis has been apart the coaching as Swansea have made their way through the leagues under a number of different managers.
Since the sacking of Monks, Curtis has overseen seven games in charge of Swansea, though they may feel themselves unlucky in several of those games. Swansea have only managed one win and suffered a 3-2 to League Two Oxford United in FA Cup third round. There is no denying that Swansea are in the relegation dogfight and unlike some of the teams around. Swansea as a club and their playing staff don’t really have experience of that situation since promotion to the Premier League.
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