Swansea City boss Steve Cooper addresses his future with his compensation revealed amid interest from another club elsewhere.
The 41 year old says he remains committed to helping the Swans return to the Premier League after they suffered playoff heartache for the second season running.
He watched his side get beaten 2-0 by Brentford in the final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon as they missed the chance to book their place in the top flight for the 2021/22 campaign.
It comes amid speculation that the likes of West Brom and Crystal Palace are keeping a close eye on him given the job he has done since being named as Graham Potter’s successor in the summer of 2019.
A report claims that that Cooper and his ‘management team’ have a £4.5million compensation fee ‘on their hands’.
Alan Nixon also stated that the Swans boss was considered for the Sheffield United before they appointed Slavisa Jokanovic earlier in the week.
After Chris Wilder departed the club, he advised the Blades that Cooper should be considered having been left impressed with how he has handled the Championship since stepping away from managing England’s youngsters a few years back.
Another report, from last week, said that Cooper’s agent was spotted at in a director’s box at Selhurst Park before the season ended.
But Cooper says Swansea must now focus on using the pain of their loss to Thomas Frank’s side to spur another promotion push next term.
“For me, I’ve always worked on the basis that, although setbacks are the hardest thing, they’re the most important things that define you,” he said.
“Don’t worry about me. I just want to make sure we finish today off properly, get back to Swansea and the off-season plans will kick in as normal.”
The likes of Andre Ayew, Wayne Routledge and Kieron Freeman are out of contract this summer while Freddie Woodman, Marc Guehi and Conor Hourihane will see their loan spells with the club expire.
After being asked what he expects in the summer, Cooper responded: “It’s the off-season now, whether it finished a few weeks ago or today as it has, we had to determine which league we were going to be in.
“It’s the Championship so we’ll just plan accordingly. Some players will come and some will go. That’s normal.
“Whatever league we were in and whenever we finished, that was going to be normal.
“We’ll just crack on with those plans now that we know what league we’re in.”
Though one other quote from him after the game: “I’ve had a great two years, I’ve really enjoyed it. I look back on those two years with a lot of fondness. It certainly made me a better manager”, and it’s getting a lot of attention from fans.
Swansea made a dismal start in the English capital with goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes putting Brentford 2-0 up inside 20 minutes.
Cooper’s side tried to find a way back into the game, however their task was made even harder when referee Chris Kavanagh sent off Jay Fulton for a foul on Mathias Jensen.
Cooper admitted his side were the victims of their own downfall early on at Wembley, and the head coach felt Fulton’s challenge did not warrant a red card.
“The obvious assessment is disappointment because we’ve not won the game,” said the head coach.
“We started the game second best and some defining moments didn’t go our way. We gave ourselves a really tough job going 2-0 down.
“The players never gave up and they gave it a good go, certainly at the start of the second half.
“The red card has really made it more difficult. It was just a matter of trying to find some sort of spark from somewhere but it didn’t happen.
“I’m not going to sit here and criticise anything because there’s nothing I can say to make anybody feel any better at the moment.
“But we also can’t lose sight that getting this far was an unbelievable effort from the players. You have to just take it as it is. Brentford got the victory, so congratulations to them.”
On the red card, Cooper commented: “There’s no way Jay would have done that intentionally because he’s too sensible a player to do it.
“The red card came out so quick. I’m not going to make it about the referee, but I’m surprised he was refereeing the game after doing the second semi-final last year. We didn’t help ourselves at times today, but we didn’t get any help from the officials, that’s for sure.”
As of 9am on Sunday the 30th of May, on Sky Bet, Steve Cooper is 9/2 to get the job at Palace whilst 20/1 for the role at West Brom.
Fans reacted as the Swansea boss addresses his future with his compensation revealed amid interest from another club…
@jimbo2556: Anyone wanting to see Cooper as the nxt Palace Manager please explain the benefits to me? #CPFC what’s he done that makes him a candidate?
@ReeceJMT: Steve Cooper: Became manager when Swansea finished 10th. 19/20 – net spend of +£35.5m, finishes in the playoffs. 20/21 – net spend of +£12.8m, gets to the play off final. He lost his best players every year and only spent £2m on replacements. Get him in. #CPFC
@eaglebren: Palace fans already moaning about Steve Cooper, and he’s not even been appointed yet !!! If it’s Steve Cooper… Henry Cooper… or even flippin’ Tommy Cooper… We get behind our man. Listen I even got behind Trevor Francis..and that was painful! ❤️😩💙
@bews447: Honestly I would rather play exciting on the edge of your seat football and finish 14th over another season of Steve cooper! Get him gone, the right time for both party’s to move on
@Jonsta1990: £4.5m compo fee for Steve Cooper. Cheaper to get Dyche. Even cheaper for Eddie Howe. Have the owners got more money than sense?
@SPrescott1981: Just getting my head down after a night shift, if Steve Cooper is favourite for the Palace job when I wake up i’ll be absolutely gutted, surly we can show more ambition than that. #cpfc
@AzamWHUFC: Don’t see Steve Cooper being at Swansea next season. Wouldn’t be shocked if he become the next Palace manager to oversee a rebuild at them.
@danieldaviesj7: Pls palace I beg take him
@ReeceJMT: He’ll be at palace 🦅
@jordanhopkins12: Steve Cooper has done an amazing job with the Swans however, I wouldn’t be sad to see him go. An accumulation of reasons for me. Would be interested to see which way the club moves if it is the case he leaves. Obscure appointments have always worked well for us.
@Evans19Tom: Baffles me how some Swansea fans are calling for Steve Cooper to be sacked, he’s the future for us if he says
@SCFC_Rhys2: I will be absolutely gutted if Steve Cooper is to leave. Back-to-back play-offs and improving results wise. Performances on the eye are sometimes questionable but you can’t deny he’s done a fantastic job for us. #Swans
@cjbearcpfc: Steve Cooper is coming to Palace isn’t he……… #CPFC
@craigowen15: Wish him the best but he’s not a good fit for us
@andytidy_80: The guy is personable, likeable, and certainly attracts terrific talent to South Wales. But I tend to agree on style and fit. Premature, perhaps, but if the hot seat becomes available, personally think we at least look at Russell Martin, Ian Evatt etc.
@kevjames75: It’s the Swansea style, he’s done a more than amazing job. Should he wish to move on, we move on too and will highly likely procure another gem
@Dublove76: I hope not. Yes he’s made mistakes along the way but I would at least give him another season with a decent striker and some other investment to improve the squad. It doesn’t matter who you bring in if the owners ain’t going to invest in the squad does it.
@matts_musings: Let’s be honest… we got where we are due to SC’s contacts (loan players) and AA. The style of football has hardly been Martinez/Rodgers like. Speaking as a Swans fan of over 40 years.
@Matt929: Am I the only one who doesn’t want him!? We will need someone with Prem experience, otherwise we’re down.
@Lyncpfc: Oh shit
@49leney: Talking like a man on the way out! How many players are on the same bus?
@ASHiLEYjAMES: Steve Cooper suits a team like Crystal Palace, a lot more than he suits Swansea City. He’s done a brilliant job, but if losing that final means we can rebuild with a focus on attractive, attacking football? It softens the blow.