Steve Cooper STOPS as Swansea boss just WEEKS before the championship season kicks off ‘amid concerns about the club’s future direction and after his relationship with key figures has been severed’
- Steve Cooper has mutually agreed to end his contract with Swansea
- The 41-year-old will step down as boss a few weeks before the season starts
- Cooper decided to leave concerns about the club’s future direction
- Swansea hopes to name his successor ahead of Blackburn clash on August 8
Steve Cooper is reportedly set to step down as Swansea manager just over two weeks before the new championship season kicks off.
The 41-year-old and the club came to a mutual agreement to part ways and an official announcement is expected to be made within the next 24 hours.
The Telegraph alleges that Cooper, who led Swansea to consecutive play-offs in his two seasons as manager, has decided to retire over concerns about the club’s future direction.
Steve Cooper steps down as manager of Swanseasea just weeks before championship seasonseizoen
Cooper has reportedly wanted more money for transfers to bolster his squad this summer, but with his budget expected to be minimal again and the potential sale of some first-team players, he’s decided the time is right to leave. and take on a new challenge.
He managed to keep Swansea in the promotion mix in each of his seasons, despite losing a number of key players including Joe Rodon, Oliver McBurnie and Dan James.
the athletic one reports that Cooper’s relationship with a number of key players at the club had been tense for some time and there was a feeling that he would like to take on a new position elsewhere in the summer, amid strong interest from other clubs.
Cooper was shortlisted for the vacancies at Crystal Palace and Fulham but did not receive any offers from either side.
Cooper took charge of Tuesday’s friendly win over Plymouth before reaching a mutual agreement with the club to step down
The former England Under-17 manager was responsible for Swansea’s pre-season friendly win over Plymouth on Tuesday evening, refusing to get carried away with talk of his future afterward.
“I think if there was any real news we would speak,” he told BBC Sport Wales.
“There are no official updates on anything. You know I don’t like to talk about myself, so let’s focus on the boys.
‘I’m here, I work hard. Day after day, that’s how it is. That’s how I’ve always been. I didn’t pay attention to anything else.
“If there’s really something official to talk about me, we’ll talk about it, but there isn’t, so let’s leave it at that.”
Swansea are now looking for a new manager and plan to make a quick appointment ahead of their season opener against Blackburn Rovers on 7 August.
Swansea hope to appoint a new boss for the season opener against Blackburn on August 7th