Swansea City manager Steve Cooper could be set to remain at the Liberty Stadium this summer.
That’s according to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who claimed in a post on Twitter that Cooper is not the first choice managerial target of the Crystal Palace hierarchy this summer, with the south London club currently searching for Roy Hodgson’s successor.
The 41-year-old has been heavily linked with the vacant job at Selhurst Park in recent weeks, but if Nixon is to be believed, the Swans boss is quite a way down on the list of Steve Parish’s targets for the Eagles.
In response to a question asking whether Palace are indeed interested in Cooper, Nixon said: “I would think he’s third or fourth choice currently.”
Considering the remarkable job the former England under-17 manager has done at Swansea since taking over at the club back in June of 2019, the news that the 41-year-old is not a favourite for the vacant position at Palace is sure to leave fans of the Swans buzzing.
Indeed, taking over a Swansea side which had finished 10th in the Championship in the 2018/19 season, Cooper led his team to a remarkable top-six finish in his debut campaign in Wales, with the Swans narrowly missing out the play-off final following a 3-2 aggregate loss to Brentford.
However, last season the 41-year-old managed to go one step further as, after a fourth-placed finish in the league and a 2-1 aggregate victory over Barnsley in the semi-finals, Swansea set up a play-off final clash with old nemeses Brentford.
Although his side were comfortably beaten by Thomas Frank’s men at Wembley a week ago, things at Swansea are nevertheless looking increasingly on the up under Cooper.
As such, losing the manager’s services to a Premier League side this summer would undeniably be a huge blow for the south Wales club, making the news that he is not currently considered a favourite for the role at Palace all the sweeter for the Swans fanbase.