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Exclusive: Barry Fry talks highly of Crystal Palace target Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper makes up for his lack of experience with a proven identity and style of play, that’s the verdict of Barry Fry, who’s been discussing his chances of him being named the new Crystal Palace manager following a big update from Football Insider that he’s held talks twice with the club.

The Welshman recently led Swansea to their second consecutive play-off campaign, and despite going one better, still fell narrowly short in their pursuit of the Premier League.

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But Cooper, who also led England Under-17s to World Cup glory back in 2017, has a growing reputation in management and is in the running to be the man to take on the significant rebuild that is required at Selhurst Park this summer.

No less than 15 players are out of contract, including several experienced names, with the new manager likely to be working on a tight budget.

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But that’s something Cooper has done impressively during his time in south Wales, working with mainly long deals and free transfers, something Palace have also become accustomed to.

His lack of experience might lead to him being seen as a risk, but Peterborough Director of Football, Fry, has been raving over the Swansea boss.

He told Football FanCast:

“I think Palace will go for a younger guy. The boy Cooper has done brilliantly at Swansea on a shoe-string budget.

“He got in the play-offs last year, the play-off final this year. Plays excellent football, been in charge of England at youth level when they were successful, so he’s got a lot of contacts and plays the right way.”

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