A recent report has brought to light a fresh twist regarding the Fulham management situation.
It has been revealed that the recently relegated side will move for Steve Cooper if Scott Parker leaves Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun, who claim that, should Parker go on to leave the Cottagers in favour of a move to Bournemouth, Shahid and Tony Khan’s number one target to replace the outgoing 40-year-old will be the Swansea City manager.
It is reported that Cooper and his coaching staff, including the 41-year-old’s highly-rated right-hand man Mike Marsh, would cost Fulham £3.5m in compensation, something which the club will be happy to pay as they could fund it with the money they would likely receive from Parker’s potential departure.
With Cooper having gained a reputation for developing young players and playing attractive football during his time at Swansea, should Parker indeed be moving on to pastures new this summer, the news that Fulham will be targeting the U17 World Cup-winning coach as the 40-year-old’s successor should have fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, having taken over from Graham Potter’s Swansea side that had finished the previous Championship season in 10th place back in 2019, Cooper has since guided the Welsh side to back to back top-six finishes in the second tier, rather unfortunately meeting Brentford twice in the play-offs and losing on both occasions.
However, Swansea’s league finishes are very clear evidence that the club have made a great deal of progress under the 41-year-old, something that Gareth Ainsworth clearly agrees with, as the Wycombe Wanderers manager praised the job Cooper has done in making the Swans a “fantastic” side, while Andre Ayew also dubbed the Welshman a “quality” coach.
As such, with the background of turning a mid-table Championship side into one that is now a consistent promotion contender, should the Swansea coach inherit a side with a great deal of Premier League experience, as well as likely having a considerably bigger transfer budget to work with, the appointment of Cooper would certainly appear to bode very well for the Cottagers’ chances of going on to secure an immediate return to the Premier League next season.
If Parker is to leave, then Cooper is the ideal candidate to replace him and Fulham fans should be delighted that Shahid and Tony Khan seemingly agree.