Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher believes that Swansea City’s dreadful campaign is a result of two major decisions that the club got wrong.
The former Liverpool defender told the Daily Mail that the Welsh side should have kept faith with manager Garry Monk, who was sacked in December 2015, despite leading the club to their highest-ever Premier League finish.
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The Swans are currently rooted to the bottom of the table, four points adrift from safety and are looking to appoint their third manager of the season.
American Bob Bradley was dismissed earlier this week after only 11 games in charge, of which he won just two, whilst his predecessor, the Italian Francesco Guidolin, lasted less than a year at the helm.
The worry for Swansea’s fans is that the club seems to have lost their identity over the last couple of years.
Having built a reputation as a side committed to playing attractive football, there no longer seems to be any long-term, strategic planning in place.
Carragher is of the opinion that the sale of Ashley Williams to Everton back in August has also contributed to the side’s downfall.
The Welshman had been at the Liberty Stadium for eight years and the side clearly miss their former captain’s qualities having conceded 44 goals already this season, the most by any Premier League team.
However, Swansea’s loss is clearly Leeds’ and Everton’s gain.
After ending his 11-year association with the Welsh outfit, Monk has taken over at Leeds United and is currently challenging for a long-awaited return to the Premier League.
Williams, meanwhile, has become Ronald Koeman’s first-choice centre-back at Goodison Park, with the club, currently in seventh place, challenging for a Europa League spot.
Swansea will be hoping for a happier 2017 and know that their next managerial appointment will have his work cut out if he is to turn the club’s fortunes around.