Nuno Espirito Santo nudges Cooper out of pole position for the Palace job
Friday, 4th Jun 2021 08:00 by Keith Haynes
With ultimatums the key topic this week at the Liberty, and Steve Cooper being mentioned in all manner of vacancies, especially Crystal Palace, Swansea City are very keen for a conclusion to Cooper’s future.
We already know that Cooper has held talks this week with Julian Winter regards his position at Swansea City, and added to that Crystal Palace are still stalling on a managerial appointment to replace Roy Hodgson, so things are getting a bit complicated. The outcome of those talks Cooper had with Winter isn’t known, but it is very likely if Cooper gets the job offer he wants in the premier league he would want to leave, regardless of any statement he makes later on this summer.
Complications have started with Palace now turning to the idea that Nuno Espirito Santo would make a far better proposition than an untested manager in Steve Cooper. Eddie Howe is also believed to be ahead of him as well, not least Sean Dyche who is Palace Chairman, Steve Parish’s favourite to get the job. Nuno Espirito Santo is also on the radar of Everton which would seem to be a better job for him than Palace. The key for swans fans is “ Will Cooper stay or go ? ” Possibly only a handful of people now know this, Winter being the crucial person with that knowledge.
Cooper knows should he get the sack he would get a lot of compensation from the swans, and that’s not the way both club and manager would want to part company. However, it would also put Cooper in a very strong position with no compensation required to be paid to Swansea - and leave him as a free agent with a far stronger opportunity of getting a much larger salary. As we have already said he holds the keys at the moment, and as he is under contract at Swansea he doesn’t have to do anything. That of course will not please any of the Swansea City bosses, and could lead to a rift in what has been a pretty amicable relationship to date. The transfer of Kristoffer Peterson aside that is.
This is no different to buying a house, Cooper has currently been gazumped by Nuno Espirito Santo, and the posh Sandbanks residence of Eddie Howe is seemingly more appealing. Sean Dyche may come across as a terraced house with a warm smoking chimney, but he too has grafted hard because he owns fifteen hundred of them, all paid for. Everton are also looking at David Moyes, fully refurbished, lovely bright new outlook and sunny position. Spurs have made no decisions on their vacancy, but look far more interested in a villa abroad, possibly Italy or Belgium, sadly the traffic lights aren’t hinting green or red on this one, just amber. Let’s not forget Graeme Potter at Brighton, he has a few boxes packed but doesn’t know where he wants to go, if anywhere. Currently residing by the sea, his apartment, fully furnished too is increasing in value daily. West Bromwich Albion are in the market and would maybe fancy a more modern three bed in Cooper, but Potter wouldn’t be interested in a job back in the Championship. However, maybe Cooper would ? More money, bigger salary and more chance of success you would think than at his current rental with balcony in SA1. It doesn’t end there, there are a few clubs who haven’t made their minds up on their own managers futures as yet. The merry go round is slowing but will most certainly speed up over the coming days.
Of course Cooper needs to commit himself to Swansea or make it known he wants to go, he is a wanted man, of sorts, but as things stand he is doing himself few favours as the days pass and nothing is said, or at least hinted to appease the swans support.
We don’t think this saga will run for much longer, it will come to an end, and either way Cooper would have made a decision, before that is maybe a few will be made for him. There’s much better out there than he is, and today’s revelations regards Nuno Espirito Santo show this clearly. This isn’t about the highest bidder, this is about who is the best man for the job, and as it stands that isn’t Steve Cooper, no matter which club you talk about.
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