For the month after the sacking of Michael Duff, Swansea have been without a permanent replacement with Alan Sheehan remaining at the helm on a caretaker basis for seven games.
Judging by his recent comments, Sheehan had been keen for the uncertainty to end as soon as possible, and that was the case on Friday as Luke Williams was appointed as his replacement.
Eleven points have been collected from seven games, moving Swansea 10 points clear of the relegation zone and keeping them with 10 points of fifth-placed West Bromwich Albion, who they defeated on New Year’s Day.
Notably, four points have come from two games since the 5-0 reverse at Southampton on Boxing Day, but there is a desire for some stability to be found so that work can be undertaken in the transfer window.
Swansea will take a two-match winning streak at their home ground into a game against opponents whom they have never faced in a competitive fixture.
Morecambe will be pleased to have a week away from league action having failed to win any of their last four encounters in League Two.
Ged Brannan initially instigated a change at the North West outfit, recording notable 2-0 and 5-0 wins away at Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup and Doncaster Rovers in the fourth tier.
However, it has taken a comeback 2-2 draw at home to Harrogate Town on New Year’s Day to generate a bit of momentum ahead of this contest, Morecambe having previously conceded five times at Notts County.
Both of their wins in this competition have come on the road, a 2-1 triumph at Lincoln City – another League One side – preceding the success at Wycombe.
While there is natural uncertainty over who Williams will select, he is expected to take the opportunity to make a number of changes to his Swansea XI.Charlie Patino seems likely to replace Liam Walsh, who was withdrawn after 10 minutes against West Brom, while Yannick Bolasie could make his third start for the club.