History in the Premier League
Swansea City were promoted to the Premier League in time for the 2010-11 season. This was the club’s first time in the top flight for 30 years, and its first since the Premier League’s inception.
In their first four seasons in the Premier League, Swansea finished a respectable 11th, 9th, 12th and 8th.
Former Udinese Calcio head coach Francesco Guidolin became Swansea manager in January 2016, after the club sacked Garry Monk.
Guidolin has taken the reins at several clubs in Italy since the late 1980s. These include Parma and Palermo, in addition to French club, Monaco. The Italian led Udinese to a third place finish in Serie A during the 2011-12 season.
Guidolin also achieved promotions with Palermo, Parma and Vincenza. He also led the latter to an unlikely win in the 1997 Coppa Italia.
31-year-old Swans skipper, Ashley Williams, is his side’s Mr Reliable at the centre of defence. He will play a vital role in determining whether his club can retain their status as a Premier League team for the sixth season in a row.
The centre-back has been through it all in his eight years at the Liberty Stadium. His time there extends from promotion to the Championship for the 2008-09 season, to the dizzy heights of the Premier League in 2011.
Despite his nickname, Williams was responsible for a few conceded goals earlier in the 2015-16 season, yet the change of manager has coincided with a change of form from the skipper.
Swansea were 15th in the Premier League when they sacked Garry Monk in December 2015. This led pundits and fans alike to believe that the club’s time in the top flight was up.
However, under new boss, Guidolin, results are improving. As it stands (March 2016), Swansea are 11 points clear of the drop, and here at Ladbrokes, we think they’ll survive.