Francesco Guidolin's appointment shows Swansea City have abandoned their principles

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Swansea City have been a joy to watch in the Premier League since they became the first Welsh side to ever earn promotion into the top-flight five years ago.

They took to their new surroundings like so few others before them, playing an exciting brand of football and finishing their debut season in an astonishing 11th, having beaten the elite likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City.

This is the first time since their promotion that the Swans have found themselves relegation-threatened - so what went wrong?

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Losing Brendan Rogers to Liverpool in 2012 undoubtedly played a role, but it failed to dampen the excitement surrounding the Liberty Stadium. Swansea were a side renowned for investing not just money, but time, in their managers.

The following season, under the tutelage of Michael Laudrup, they improved upon the previous campaign's finish by coming ninth and cruised past Bradford City 5-0 to win the League Cup.

Laudrup was dismissed in February 2014 and Garry Monk, a former Swans defender, was appointed as his replacement. Adored by fans and players alike, the Englishman was seen as an instant success at the club, though a poor run of form earlier this season resulted in his sacking too.

The way in which Swansea's board dealt with Monk was condemned, given that many believed the love and devotion shown towards the club earned him the right to turn things around.

But alas, it was not to be, and Alan Curtis took over as caretaker manager until the end of the season.

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That was, however, until the latest bizarre move made by Swansea, who appointed 60-year-old Francesco Guidolin as head coach.

The way in which the Swans have dealt with their managers in recent years is farcical. A club that once prided itself on doing things differently seems to have grown impatient - this is something football fans have grown to expect from the likes of Chelsea, not Swansea.

A win for the Welsh side on Monday night against Watford suggested things are on the up, but if recent years are anything to go by, there's just no predicting where the Swans' future lies.

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