Saturday’s play-off final was the biggest of Steve Cooper’s managerial career, but the defeat for Swansea City could prove to be defining for his future, according to Lawrie Sanchez.
Having fallen at the semi-final stage 12 months ago, the former England youth manager, who famously led the U17s to World Cup glory back 2017, will be hoping to go two better this time and guide the Swans back into the Premier League.
Cooper, who according to fresh reports from Football Insider has held two rounds of talks with the south London outfit, has impressed during his two years at the Liberty Stadium, securing consecutive top-six finishes. His fine work has caught the eye of the Palace hierarchy, confirmed by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano earlier this month.
But whilst Cooper is preparing for the most expensive game in club football, worth more than £130m at present, manging in the Premier League could be on the cards whatever the result against Brentford.
But he has just two years of club management on his CV, which is stark contrast from Palace’s previous boss Roy Hodgson, who’s taken charge of more than 350 Premier League matches.
When asked whether Cooper would be a suitable replacement, Sanchez exclusively told Football FanCast:
“Steve Cooper is up and coming. Had a good season with Swansea, came from nowhere, and was in the play-off final.
“His career will be determined by that.”