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…
Derby County are considering a move for Steve Cooper as their new potential new manager to replace Phillip Cocu, according to the print edition of The Sun (22nd November, page 61).
Derby have Swansea City boss Steve Cooper in their sights as they look to make an appointment sooner rather than later, however could have to pay a seven-figure compensation to prise him away from south Wales.
So, what do you make of this news? Would the Wales-born manager be a good replacement for Cocu? Could you see him departing Swansea?
The team here at FLW take a look….
This would be an excellent appointment by the Rams.
I’ll admit that I had my doubts as to whether Cooper would have been a good enough appointment by Swansea in the first place, but he’s certainly proven me wrong.
Derby need a manager with fresh ideas and someone that won’t be considered a risky appointment this term.
Cooper is that manager for me, and he should be top of Derby’s wishlist at the moment ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney and Liam Rosenior, who don’t have any experience of managing a club at this level.
I really like the sound of this potential appointment, and the Rams should be doing everything they can to land his signature.
They’ll know they face a tough battle though, as it seems unlikely that he’d want to step down to a club that are sat bottom of the Championship at this moment in time.
It would be a very good appointment but Cooper would be mad to leave Swansea now!
Even at this early stage, Derby have no chance of winning promotion this season, whilst the Welsh side are capable of finishing in the top six at least. So, even though Derby are a big club, giving up the chance to be in the Premier League next season would make no sense.
Plus, with the job he is doing, it may not be a surprise to see some top-flight clubs monitoring the former England U17 chief.
Cooper is the type of manager the Rams should be targeting though. They need someone with a clear identity and a long-term plan, which he has.
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This would be a great appointment for the Rams in my opinion – I was so impressed with Cooper’s work at Swansea last term and I fully expect them to be there or thereabouts come the end of the campaign this time around.
Derby arguably have one of the biggest pulls in the division and I think most managers worth their salt at this level would jump at the chance to take over at Pride Park.
Swansea would demand significant compensation but I don’t not think they would stand in his way if the Rams did indeed come calling in the near future.
I will certainly be keeping an eye out for this link in the weeks ahead as I believe Cooper could well be the man that the club are looking for to take them forwards.