This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Swansea City boss Steve Cooper is reportedly on West Bromwich Albion’s shortlist of Sam Allardyce replacements.
The Welshman has taken the Swans to the play-offs in back-to-back seasons and appears to be highly rated at The Hawthorns.
According to Rob Dorsett from Sky Sports, Cooper is on Albion’s shortlist as they search for a replacement for the outgoing Allardyce.
But would he be a good appointment? And should Swans fans be worried?
Our FLW writers share their thoughts…
Cooper has done a remarkable job at Swansea and it is no surprise that he is being courted by other clubs now. He is someone that has shown he can get the maximum out of his players and also develop young players with potential and turn them into some of the best players in the Championship.
West Brom are going to be needing a manager who can work on a budget and develop players you feel given the finances around football at the moment. Cooper is someone that fits that bill and he has shown that he can get a side to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
Swansea should be concerned with the rumours surrounding Cooper, but West Brom will still be in the Championship next term and they should be able to try and convince him to remain at the Liberty Stadium rather than moving to the Hawthorns.
However, Cooper might be tempted to make the move to West Brom if they can offer him more money to spend in the transfer window. It could be a very difficult decision for him to make.
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There’s certainly a reason why Swansea City fans could be worried.
If the Swans miss out on promotion then Steve Cooper may be assessing his options as he looks for the quickest way to become a Premier League manager.
West Brom may have just been relegated but given the quality of their squad and the finances that they have, I’d firmly expect them to be favourites to go up this term.
A move to the Baggies would certainly be a step up if they’re both in the Championship and so it could be a big decision for Cooper to make if they do try and make a move.
I don’t think Swansea fans should be worried as I think that West Brom will have their sights set on other managers ahead of Cooper.
He may be on their shortlist – and if he is then it’s no surprise having guided Swansea to two play-off campaigns in his first two years as a senior manager – but with the reports linking the likes of Chris Wilder and Frank Lampard to The Hawthorns, I can see them both being ahead of Cooper in the pecking order.
Of course if Swansea win the play-offs and get back in the Premier League then there’s no way that Cooper would depart for West Brom anyway, so they know what they need to do to deter that particular interest.
Swansea fans should be potentially concerned at Crystal Palace sniffing around, but West Brom shouldn’t really be an issue whatsoever.