Swansea City have reportedly started to draw up a shortlist of Steve Cooper replacements with Fulham keen to prize him away from the Liberty Stadium.
It is understood that the west London club have been eyeing Cooper as their first choice replacement for Scott Parker for weeks now – though it is thought they’re unwilling to pay the £3.5 million in compensation.
Fulham may be forced into action soon, however, with Sky Sports reporting Parker could leave the club and take charge at Bournemouth in the next few days.
According to journalist Alan Nixon, Swansea have started to draw up a shortlist of candidates in case Cooper and his staff make the switch to Craven Cottage.
Nixon claims that the South Wales club will be looking for someone “in the Cooper mould” should the 41-year-old depart this summer.
The Swans boss took charge at the Liberty Stadium in 2019 and has led his side to the play-offs in back-to-back years, suffering defeat to Brentford in the final at Wembley last term.
The Swansea job is Cooper’s first in senior management but his experience with the England and Liverpool age-group sides has left him well revered for his development of young players.
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Given the reports circling in recent weeks, this is no surprise but it’s good to get the confirmation from Nixon that the Swans have drawn up a shortlist of Cooper replacements.
Losing the 41-year-old coach will be a massive blow for the Championship club on the back of two play-off runs in two years but with the start of the EFL season now less than six weeks away they have to be realistic and ensure that they give whoever replaces him enough time.
While the Swans did make it to the play-off final last term and certainly have some top quality players, they have lost a number of key players this summer – including top scorer Andre Ayew, on-loan Chelsea defender Marc Guehi, and on-loan Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.
Those departures are going to make things difficult for whoever takes charge in place of Cooper, assuming he leaves.