Fulham look set to complete a deal that would see Steve Cooper take over at Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by South London Press journalist Richard Cawley, who revealed in a post on Twitter that it sounds “extremely likely” that the 41-year-old Swansea City manager will become Scott Parker’s successor at the west London side in the coming days.
While losing a manager with experience of achieving an immediate return to the Premier League in Scott Parker is something of a blow for Fulham, should Shahid Khan go on to land Cooper as the 40-year-old’s replacement, it should give fans of the Cottagers plenty of reason to be buzzing.
Not only has the Swansea boss guided a largely unfancied side to consecutive top-six finishes in the Championship, something that would appear to bode extremely well if he were to take over a Fulham squad that boasts a great deal of Premier League experience, Cooper has also earned a reputation for placing an emphasis on the development of youth players.
Indeed, the Swans’ squad was the sixth youngest in the second tier of English football last season, while the England U17 World Cup winner’s reputation has also led to Premier League sides offering their youth prospects to Swansea before making them available to the wider loan market.
As such, with the 41-year-old appearing to be a manager who can overachieve in terms of a club’s performance in the league, as well as one who is extremely adept in developing young players – who can either go on to star in the first team or be sold for considerable transfer fees – the Welshman could well be something of a perfect fit for Fulham, and may even be considered as a step up from Parker by some of the Cottagers fan base.