Swansea relegated after seven seasons

Swansea City’s relegation was confirmed on the final day

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"As a football club we have lost our footballing way and our footballing identity, making poor, usually reactionary, decisions time and time again", a statement from the Swansea Supporters trust said last week.

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.

Swansea City's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed with defeat by Championship-bound Stoke on Sunday at the Liberty Stadium.

"I don't believe too many managers would have done better than we did".

"But the fact is, the club has been relegated because we simply weren't good enough over 38 games in probably the most brutal professional sports league in the world".

"But we are taking steps to rectify that and we will be bringing additional resources to that department during the summer in a bid to change and strengthen the way we operate".

But while a late Gabriel Jesus goal downed the Saints, the Swans were unable to seal the three points that would have completed their great escape.

Wilfried Zaha scores Crystal Palace’s opener against West Brom
Wilfried Zaha scores Crystal Palace’s opener against West Brom

Paul Clement turned the ship around and delivered a seventh successive top-flight campaign but was replaced by Carlos Carvalhal in December past year with the club bottom.

"I think the few points we did in the first 20 games - just 13 - made it hard to recover and achieve a better position", Carvalhal added.

"There were 13 points before, with us we achieve 20". We recognise the huge role the club plays in the community and its importance.

Swansea will need to rebuild on and off the field next season, with the team no longer playing with the distinctive passing style once known as the "Swansea Way" and fan unrest representing the wider discord at the club.

The Welsh club were promoted from the Championship in 2011, beating Reading 4-2 in a pulsating play-off final, but their stay in the top-flight has now come to an end.

Swansea's seven-year stay in the top flight appears to be over ahead of Sunday's final round of fixtures.

Carvalhal's men kept going but lacked quality and when Andre Ayew saw his certain goal blocked on the line by his own team-mate Tammy Abraham, it summed up Swansea's season.

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