Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has suggested that he is aiming to stick around and help the Swans mount a third challenge for promotion to the Premier League next term.
Cooper has managed to guide Swansea to back-to-back top-six finishes in the Championship in the last two campaigns. However, on both occasions the club’s hopes of securing a return to the Premier League have been dented by Brentford, with the Bees beating them in the play-off semi-finals in 2019/20 and then the final last term.
The Swansea manager’s achievements at the Liberty Stadium have not gone unnoticed and it has been reported that he is amongst the contenders for the vacant Crystal Palace managerial position this summer.
Although The Sun journalist Alan Nixon has recently claimed that he would be the third or fourth choice for the role at Palace.
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Speaking to Swansea’s official club website, Cooper has now indicated that he is wanting to help the club go again next season and try and mount another push for promotion to the Premier League.
He said: “I am proud of the players, I feel like we had an unbelievable season to get to where we got to.
“We had every right to be at Wembley for the final because of the work we put in, but we also had no right to be there in respect of some of the circumstances we have worked under and the challenges we have faced.
“After the final I was even more proud of the players than I was before. They were 2-0 down on a big stage and they never gave up.
“I have said it all along this season, with the squad we have had and in this season of all seasons the players deserve that credit. They certainly get it from me.
“When you lose a final, it is hard to feel like you have had a really good season. We have had a really good season, but we will have to come again.”
These comments do suggest that Cooper is at the moment planning to still be at the Liberty Stadium for next season and that he is willing to give it another go with the Swans. That is massive news for the Welsh club because the job that he has done so far has at times been overlooked but he is starting to get credit for that at the moment.
If Swansea were to lose Cooper he would be a very difficult manager to replace, he has managed to get the maximum out of his available resources at the Liberty Stadium and enjoyed success despite selling off key players as well. That is why the likes of Crystal Palace see him as a potential option to transition into the Premier League and be a success at that level with them.
Cooper will be aware that he will need to perform another difficult squad building job this summer, with the likes of Andre Ayew, Freddie Woodman and Marc Guehi leaving the club. Players like that are very hard to replace on Swansea’s budget, but if he remains in charge you would back him to identify the right players and get them challenging again next term.