Swansea City may have been dealt a blow to their hopes of retaining the services of Steve Cooper this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), who claim that the Swansea City manager’s agent was spotted at Selhurst Park over the weekend, with the 41-year-old being linked with the managerial position at Crystal Palace following Roy Hodgson’s retirement.
Considering just how successful Cooper has been in his short time at Swansea City, the thought of the former England U17 coach being poached by Crystal Palace so soon after his arrival in Wales is likely to leave the Swans fanbase furious.
Indeed, after taking over from a Graham Potter side that had finished in 10th-place in the Championship standings, Cooper managed to lead the team to a rather unpredicted top-six finish in his first season in charge of the club, with the Swans just missing out a shot at promotion in the play-off final after a narrow 3-2 aggregate loss against Brentford.
However, this season, the 41-year-old has taken his side one step further, as, after a fourth-place finish in the second tier and a 2-1 aggregate victory over Barnsley in the play-off semi-final, the Welsh side are now just one game away from playing Premier League football as of next season – with a play-off final clash against old foes Brentford coming up this Saturday.
So, if Swansea were to lose their gaffer this summer – something which could appear likely if Cooper’s agent really was at Selhurst Park last weekend – regardless of which league they are playing their football in next season, it would seem the club would be in a much worse position than with the 41-year-old at the helm.