MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - APRIL 22:  Carlos Carvalhal, Manager of Swansea City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Swansea City at Etihad Stadium on April 22, 2018 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

FanView: 7 Reasons Why Swansea's Relegation Wouldn't Be the End of the World

Swansea aren't in the relegation zone as we speak, but sitting only one point out of the bottom three with only three matches left to play, the drop into the Championship is only round the corner if we're not careful. But while everyone is scrambling about paying Premier League prices for a Championship season ticket, perhaps relegation isn't the worst possibility (how defeatist, right?).

It was about a year ago that a very similar piece was being written about the Swans going down. It's in the 90min database somewhere, but the point is that Swansea stayed up last season, so we have to follow the omens if we want to see Carlos Carvalhal's toothy yellow smile on Match of the Day next season.

So, here goes a bit of pessimistic optimism:

7. Sam Clucas Might Be Good in the Championship

We're starting off with a bit of a stretch here, but don't rule it out.

Remember when Clucas had a run of two or three games where he was absolutely on fire? Yeah, that was fun wasn't it.

Since then he's done nothing but lose the ball in as part of the Premier League's ropiest midfield. But fear not, with the Championship comes lesser quality opposition, and Clucas may thrive in England's league of second rate players.

6. Kyle Bartley Will Replace Alfie Mawson

Leeds fans are genuinely begging their owners to buy Kyle Bartley this summer, and for good reason. In his loan stint in Yorkshire last season he was an absolute animal - and he's still got three years on his contract in South Wales.

Relegation will spell Alfie Mawson's sale (for at least £30m), and Swansea already have his replacement within their ranks. Splendid.

5. The African Trio Will Likely Stay

Imagine Wilfried Bony in that photo with the Ayew brothers.

Realistically, the three of them could all stay with the squad. Mawson's sale would generate a bid of money - perhaps enough to cover current wages - and the three of them would be deadly together in the Championship.

It's exciting to think about, we've hardly seen the trio play together, but you just know they'd all click perfectly.

4. A Breeding Ground for Youth

It was happening back when Swans were initially promoted to the Premier League. Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen, Neil Taylor and Fabio Borini - at the time, all young stars absolutely thriving in the Championship.

This season we've seen the likes of Connor Roberts break into the first team, and there's a whole host of youngsters killing it in the Under-23 side this season that would love a swing in the lower league. Give it to them.

There's also one more name that fits this description perfectly, but he deserves a spot of his own...

3. Oli McBurnie

The man, the myth, the club legend... and he's only 21.

Oli McBurnie has spent the second half of this season on loan at Barnsley, and has notched a tidy nine goals in 16 - taking away their Player of the Year award having only spent four months at the club.

If Bony goes then Swansea have one hell of a talent already waiting in the ranks. It's a hugely exciting thought.

2. Carvalhal's Championship Experience

They don't talk about it much, but an experienced Championship manager can be a real asset following relegation. In two and a half seasons, Carlos Carvalhal took Sheffield Wednesday to two play-offs, and he's proven brilliant in the league before.

His contract at the club runs out when the season finishes, but you get the idea that if relegation occurs, he'll be given a new deal anyway. In fact, if Swansea stay up he'll probably be awarded one. He's a good manager, in a nutshell. 

1. Swans Will Actually Win Matches Again

Thinking back to how enjoyable the Liberty Stadium is when the home side are actually winning matches, the Championship will be great for the support. Unless, of course, Swansea pull a Sunderland.

Provided that doesn't happen, the Liberty will be rocking week in, week out; and when the fans are in full swing, there's no better atmosphere at any stadium in the country.