Crystal Palace have been told they must pay £4.5m in compensation fees to prise Steve Cooper and his management team away from Swansea City.
What’s the story?
According to The Sun on Sunday (30.05.21, pg. 59), via the72.co.uk, Palace are keen to appoint the 41-year-old after he impressed during a two-year spell with the Welsh outfit.
The report states that Cooper’s agent was seen in a director’s box at Selhurst Park in the concluding weeks of the season as speculation over the manager’s future continues to mount.
Fans will be buzzing
Cooper’s reputation has grown considerably in recent seasons as he has continued to make great strides in the early stages of his managerial career.
A World Cup victory with England’s under-17s four years ago catapulted the former Liverpool coach into the forefront of many clubs’ minds, with the Swans taking a gamble on him in the summer of 2019.
Consecutive play-off finishes in Cooper’s two campaigns in charge at the Liberty Stadium have seen the Swansea boss linked with Premier League jobs in recent months, and Palace are one club who are tempted to appoint him.
The departure of Roy Hodgson after a four-year stint in south London has left chairman Steve Parish searching for the 73-year-old’s successor.
A major squad rebuild is needed at Selhurst Park, and the news that Palace have enquired about Cooper’s services will surely have the club’s supporters buzzing.
His reputation for extracting impressive results on a limited budget, proven track record of developing top-class young players and his attractive playing style is likely to bring a sense of hope and optimism to the Eagles’ fanbase.
With a year remaining on Cooper’s contract at Swansea, Parish will have to stump up a substantial fee to acquire his services, but it could be one worth paying should the tactician oversee a successful transitional period at Palace.
More than a dozen Crystal Palace players are out of contract over the summer, but Cooper’s expertise would perhaps ensure that their departures don’t prove detrimental to the club’s top-flight ambitions.