Steve Cooper is keen to continue his team’s start to the season, both on and off the pitch.
He is happy with the progress of the squad so far, and The Swans’ unbeaten start has surprised some considering they sold two key players in Dan James and Oli McBurnie this summer, not to mention it is Cooper’s first job in management at a senior level.
Swansea take on Northampton Town in the Carabao Cup this week, and the new boss is focused on installing a winning feeling in the squad, and views the cup as an ideal opportunity to do just that.
Speaking to the Swansea media team, he said: “Winning games is always going to help, so we want to have a cup run.
“We are still building how we want to play this year, and the objective is to get the idea of how we want to play to a top level.
“We want to win football games playing the way we want to play and it’s another chance to do that. Tournament or cup football is different, but we still have to prepare and be ready to perform.”
Cooper spoke in a similar manner during his time as manager of England U17s. Since his arrival in Wales he has stuck to his philosophy and focused on getting players used to the way he wants them to play.
Swansea have succeeded as a result of their club philosophy over the last ten years, which is based on a possession style. Cooper implemented that with England U17s and has tried to do so at Swansea – with 64% possession against Hull evidence of that – which is likely what he refers to when talking about ‘how we want to play’.
Cooper has already had a positive impact and it is clear his methods on the training ground are having a good effect on performances, which should continue against Northampton.
Despite it being early in his reign, Cooper is as focused on results as anything else, which is good to see, and likely means he won’t allow for a drop-off in performance, even if it is in the cup.
That winning mentality will serve the Swans squad well, and producing good results breeds confidence which should lead the club to have a positive season, despite another summer when the club has sold off its best assets.