Steve Cooper is interested in taking over as Fulham’s new manager at Craven Cottage this summer.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who claimed in a recent post on Twitter that the only thing holding up Fulham’s move to appoint Cooper is the compensation fee the Cottagers would have to pay Swansea City, a figure believed to be around £3m.
It was previously suggested that Shahid Khan was not willing to shell out this amount in order to land the 41-year-old, however, with Scott Parker’s departure from Fulham now being confirmed, the west London club’s owner faces a rather big decision on the matter.
When asked by a fan whether Cooper was interested in the job, as well as if Fulham would be willing to pay the fee for the Swans boss, Nixon said: “It’s down to the figure… that simple.”
While it remains to be seen whether or not Khan will indeed go on to pay the £3m fee in order to appoint the Welshman as the club’s next manager, the fact that Cooper appears to be interested in taking over from Scott Parker at Craven Cottage is something that should delight the Cottagers fan base.
While Parker is a young and progressive coach in his own right, as well as having what would seem to be a bright future ahead of him in management, the argument could easily be made that the current Swansea gaffer is actually a step up from the 40-year-old.
Having developed as a coach in the Liverpool academy set up, before taking over the England U17 side and leading them to victory in the U17 World Cup back in 2017, Cooper has proven in his relatively short time at Swansea that he is more than capable of being a success in adult football too.
Indeed, the 41-year-old has rather remarkably guided a largely unfancied Swansea side to back to back top-six finishes in the Championship since taking over from Graham Potter at the Liberty Stadium back in 2019, on both occasions being unfortunate to meet Thomas Frank’s Brentford in the play-off semi-final and final respectively.
However, what makes this feat all the more impressive is that the Welshman achieved this with the sixth-youngest squad in the second-tier, demonstrating both his faith in and success with fielding youth prospects.
As such, if given the opportunity to take over a squad that boasts a considerable amount of Premier League experience, as well as a side that has a history of developing their own extremely talented home-grown academy products, the sky would appear to very much be the limit if Cooper were to be given a chance at Fulham.