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December will be make-or-break for Swansea manager Bob Bradley

Thursday 8th December 2016
Under-fire Swansea City manager Bob Bradley recently received a vote of confidence from chairman Huw Jenkins amid rumours of an impending sacking, but the US coach is still walking the tightrope given how poor the Jacks have been in the Premier League since his arrival.
City are embroiled in a relegation battle this season and have a number of must-win league games against sides around them in the table to come this month, which could see Bradley facing the axe if he can't turn Swansea's form around.

Swansea's Premier League fixtures in December

(10/12/16) Swansea City v Sunderland (Liberty Stadium)

(14/12/16) West Bromwich Albion v Swansea City (Hawthorns)

(17/12/16) Middlesbrough v Swansea City (Riverside Stadium)

(26/12/16) Swansea City v West Ham United (Liberty Stadium)

(31/12/16) Swansea City v Bournemouth (Liberty Stadium)

Swansea City's next six Premier League opponents are sides in 10th or lower in the table, with Bradley's men starting 2017 with a trip to Selhurst Park to face strugglers Crystal Palace – another winnable game. If the Swans fail to register at least two wins from the aforementioned six matches, they're likely to part with their manager.

It would mean a third managerial departure for Swansea this season but could be necessary as the January transfer window provides a new boss with the chance to strengthen the side. Jenkins recently admitted the club's movements in the summer transfer market has contributed to their current demise, and will, therefore, spend in January to rectify their disappointing season.

“I fully accept the responsibility. There might have been one or two decisions we could have taken in the summer that may have changed the feel around the club. We may have recruited a few players differently. But we've got everything in our power to make sure we turn our fortunes around. It's up to us to bring in one or two players in January to make sure we are in the Premier League next season,” said Jenkins in a recent interview.

Swansea need to be out of the bottom three going into 2017, as the Welsh club have a horrible run of games to come in January and February that could see them picking up a paltry sum of points – Arsenal (home), Liverpool (away), Southampton (home), Manchester City (away), Leicester City (home), Chelsea (away). Swansea cannot afford to go into March still in the relegation zone so they need to make a big decision on Bradley after their next handful of must-win games.

Swansea face Sunderland in a relegation battle six-pointer on Saturday and can have no real excuses for not getting a result. Both Swansea and the Black Cats occupy two of the three spots in the drop zone, and the winner at the Liberty Stadium could move out of the bottom three. City's current situation isn't too positive, having picked up just one win since August, conceding 16 goals in their last five, and December could be a key month for the manager's and the club's future.

How will Swansea City fare in their next handful of games? Can they stave off relegation this season?
Crippy Cooke

Crippy is a long-suffering Aston Villa supporter and weekly football accumulator enthusiast.

Stealing a living, the balding 27-year-old boasts a wealth of writing experience - Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London 24 and Bleacher Report.

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