Steve Cooper does not look certain to leave Swansea City this summer, despite strong rumours of his exit from the Liberty Stadium.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who claimed in a post on Twitter that the 41-year-old is not nailed on to take over the vacant managerial position at Crystal Palace this summer.
The Swansea City manager has been heavily linked with the Premier League club in recent weeks, following Roy Hodgson’s retirement from football at the end of last season.
Having worked wonders since being appointed as the Swansea head coach in June of 2019, the fact that the former England U17 manager does not look certain to leave the Championship club this summer, despite being heavily linked with the Palace job, is sure to leave both fans and Jason Levien buzzing.
Indeed, in his first season in Wales, the 41-year-old led his side to a rather unexpected top-six finish in the second tier, before ultimately falling to a narrow play-off semi-final defeat to Brentford.
Cooper then bettered this feat in his second season at the club, finishing the regular season in fourth place and reaching the play-off final after beating Barnsley in the play-off semi-final, before once again losing out to Thomas Frank’s Brentford in the play-off final.
The 41-year-old’s reputation for developing young players has also resulted in Premier League sides offering the Swans a host of their young talents on loan deals, while the Englishman has also drawn praise for the style of football his side have demonstrated during his time at the club, as well as from his players, with Andre Ayew stating his belief that Cooper is a “quality” manager.
As such, with Levien undoubtedly hoping that his side can go one better than last season and clinch promotion to the top flight in their upcoming Championship campaign, retaining Cooper’s services this summer would very much appear to significantly increase the club’s chances of going on to achieve this feat.