as gary has posted, the Swansea Way's goalposts have moved to the style of play over a couple of seasons rather than the club working to whatever budget it had. From Jackett on, Sousa, Roberto and Brendan continued to work within the club's finances, players were bought as keenly priced as possible and players sold on at top dollar while on the field Roberto and Brendan revolutionised the style of play. The following link refers to Ryan Bennett signing for Leicester on loan last month while for those that can remember, Ryan Bennett was just one example of where Jenkins attempted to sign a player for less than the market price Peterborough were looking for. Centre back Roger Johnson was an earlier example during the Kenny Jackett era when he signed for Cardiff for a fee that Wycombe were holding out for which we wouldn't pay.https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/02/12/do-rodgers-admits-he-tried-to-sign-leicester-player-in-2012-for/Laudrup continued with a brand of entertaining football not to similar to the way Roberto and Brendan preached, but after he had been sacked the house of cards slowly began to collapse, on the field, and in the manner financial recruitment was carried out. The refusal to buy Joey before Euro 16 and failing to agree a budget for the return of Brendan were both in line with the Swansea Way of working.
Swansea way is a combination of Roberto Brendan Laudrup and Potter, FlynnManagers NOT playing the Swansea way are Guidolin Carvahal Sousa Jackett Bradley Cooper ClementThe second group are football pragmatists doing what they think worksI see a lot of similarity between Cooper and Clement
For me the "Swansea Way" (though I agree the phrase itself is a bit pretentious) is just doing things differently to most other clubs on and off the pitch. It was, at its best, buying low and selling high in the transfer market, whilst playing attractive, attack minded, short passing football on the field. I still believe in it, I still believe it can be brought back, but it requires the right coach with the right credentials. Something I'm sad to say we don't have right now.