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Swansea City identity lost in downward spiral

(Ah Fat Talk Ball) - Buried deep in a morose statement from Swansea City's American owners before the dust settled on their Premier League relegation was one damning admission.

Two points from their last seven matches, including five straight defeats, condemned Swansea to relegation just when it appeared they had gained a stay of execution.

Promoted under manager Brendan Rodgers in 2011, Swansea finished 11th in their first season back in the top flight. The passing game installed by Roberto Martinez remained and the scouting network kept finding gems.

Rogers moved to Liverpool but Swansea hired Michael Laudrup and the Danish great took them into Europe after they won the 2012-13 League Cup.

When things went sour for Laudrup and he was sacked early in 2014, club stalwart Garry Monk took over, first as caretaker manager, then on a full-time basis.

Monk steered Swansea away from trouble in 2013-14 and the season after took them to eighth place -- their highest finish in the Premier League. Then, the wheels fell off.

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