A major update in Crystal Palace’s search for Roy Hodgson’s successor has emerged after it was revealed Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is no longer seen a candidate to replace the former England man.
What’s the story?
The 41-year-old tactician had been heavily linked with the vacant role at Selhurst Park in recent weeks, but the Palace hierarchy have reportedly ripped up their shortlist, which included Cooper, and they are now looking at some brand new candidates.
That’s according to The Sun, who claim that Cooper could be set to replace Scott Parker at Fulham, with fellow Championship outfit Bournemouth expected to move for the current Cottagers boss following their play-off semi-final defeat.
Fans will be gutted
Hodgson’s four-year reign brought stability and consistency to the capital club, however, the 73-year-old has left Palace in a precarious position.
A major squad overhaul is needed, and there’s likely to only be limited resources available for whoever takes over the reins in south London.
Therefore, Cooper may have been seen as the ideal candidate by a large section of the club’s supporters, meaning this latest revelation will them feeling gutted.
The former England Under-17 manager has experience of working on a shoestring budget at the Liberty Stadium and has an enviable reputation of developing young talent.
Both attributes would have served him well had he been offered the Palace job by chairman Steve Parish.
It’s been several weeks now since Hodgson declared he was stepping down, but the Eagles are still without a new leader.
Ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo looked set to take charge following extensive talks, although some last-minute demands made by the Portuguese maestro saw that deal collapse.
Cooper’s track record of player development and working with younsters, something which Palace really need to get better at given how they’ve used an older squad in recent years, made him look like an ideal candidate but Parish and the Eagles’ board seemingly disagree, and that should come as gutting news for Palace fans who will be keen for their new manager to bring in a freshness after a bit of a stale few years under Hodgson.