The “Swansea Way” disappeared in a haze of hirings that didn’t fit the club’s ethos or playing philosophy.
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From 2013-2017, the three teams ended each Premier League season between eighth and 15th, except for West Brom's 17th-place finish in 2014 .Heading into the last weekend of the season, Stoke and West Brom have already been relegated, and third-from-last Swansea are almost certain to join them.For so long part of the Premier League furniture because of their differing styles, it seems none of these teams will be greatly missed by English or international audiences.In all three cases, the teams' identity has been lost and their squads have been assembled with an increasingly unworkable mix of players. Stoke, West Brom and Swansea have all tried to change in recent years and now they might be wishing they hadn't bothered.STOKEStoke Stoke were by then an established top-flight team that reached the FA Cup final in 2011 – losing 1-0 to Manchester City – and played in the Europa League the following year, but the style of football was increasingly turgid and among its most dangerous ploys was Rory Delap's long throw.Stoke lost their way this season after selling their X-factor attacker Marko Arnautovic in the offseason, becoming a team that not only struggled to create chances but were the most porous at the back.
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