Swansea City's 2016 in nine images: Managerial not-so-merry-go-round

Swansea City's Fernando Llorente speaks to Swansea City manager Bob Bradley before coming on as a substitute

After going through four managers over the course of a year, Swansea City are fighting to avoid the drop.

After parting ways with Garry Monk in December, Swansea City turned to Italian manager Francesco Guidolin in January, after caretaker boss Alan Curtis guided the club to two wins during his time in charge.

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin (C) and first team coach Alan Curtis (R)Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin (C) and first team coach Alan Curtis (R)

Picking up a win in his first game in charge, beating Watford 1-0 thanks to a goal from Ashley Williams, Guidolin went on to guide Swansea to a further five wins over the course of February, March and April, including an important 1-0 win against fellow strugglers Aston Villa, thanks to a goal from Federico Fernandez.

Swansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goalSwansea's Ashley Williams celebrates scoring their first goal

Perhaps Swansea's most important wins however came in the month of April, as the Welsh side picked up wins against Chelsea (1-0), Liverpool (3-1) and West Ham (1-4), the latter thanks to goals from Routledge, Ayew, Ki and Gomis. This fine run of form at the end of the season saw Swansea City finish 12th, comfortably away from the drop zone. 

Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Swansea City with Andre AyewBafetimbi Gomis celebrates scoring the fourth goal for Swansea City with Andre Ayew

However, despite a respectable finish, Swansea were forced to go through a summer of change as a number of high profile players departed the club. Andre Ayew, arguably Swansea's best attacking player, departed for West Ham, whereas Captain Ashley Williams left for Everton. Swansea replaced these major players with very different individuals, bringing in Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson (a hot prospect in English football) as well as Spanish strikers Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente.

Swansea City's Borja Baston celebrates scoring their second goalNew Swansea City signing Borja Baston gives fans the thumbs up

Initially, Swansea City's season started positively, after a 1-0 against Burnley on the opening day of the season, thanks to a goal from Leroy Fer. 

Swansea City's Leroy Fer celebrates scoring their first goalSwansea City's Leroy Fer celebrates scoring their first goal

However, the Swans form quickly deteriorated, as Guidolin's men went on to lose 5 of their next 6 Premier League fixtures. 

Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin looks dejectedSwansea City manager Francesco Guidolin looks dejected

Fearing the drop, Swansea City's new American owners decided to make a change, bringing in former USA coach, Bob Bradley, to replace the Italian on the 3rd of October.

Swansea City manager Bob Bradley poses after the press conferenceSwansea City manager Bob Bradley poses after the press conference

However, things have not started well for the American, as the Swans failed to win a game over the course of October, and throughout most of November. However, finally Bradley picked up his first victory since taking charge, when the Swans met Crystal Palace, coming out of it the victor of a 5-4 thriller, thanks to a goal from Sigurdsson, and braces for Fer and Llorente.

Swansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson scores their first goalSwansea City's Gylfi Sigurdsson scores their first goal

Since the Palace game however, Swansea have suffered more defeats, and with their form not looking like improving anywhere near rapidly enough, Swansea City have once again made a change at the top, parting ways with Bob Bradley. Will their next manager be given the funds (and time) to save the Swans from the drop?

Swansea City manager Bob BradleySwansea City manager Bob Bradley

 

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