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Why Steve Cooper would go to Fulham ?
Monday, 21st Jun 2021 12:00 by Keith Haynes

It’s every job available, and yes indeed every position you can mention - and Steve Cooper is on for the job. Oddly enough after weeks of Crystal Palace mumblings they are still to appoint their new manager, as well as numerous other clubs. So why would Steve Cooper go to Fulham ?

Swansea City seem to have an advanced and very encouraging recruitment drive ongoing during the early weeks of June. We have heard all the bids, and all the rumours, that’s what we report on here, like it or not. Thomas Henry and Joel Piroe are the main news stories, and both are firm and sound ‘players of interest’ to the swans. We know tha't. Already the exciting and dynamic Kyle Jospeh has signed terms readying himself to join the club on July 1st. However, little else, apart from the usual rumour mill is ongoing.

Of course, again, as we all know too, Andy Scott is a ruthless identifier of achievable products in a dog eat dog football league. Swansea City know exactly who they want, and more importantly what they want to pay. The Thomas Henry figures are ridiculous on initial examination, but they do come with add ons and premier league football, if achieved next season. It could be four million. Piroe is also ongoing, and more than likely to happen.

So what about Steve Cooper ?

He’s definitely up for leaving Swansea City, but that isn’t ground breaking news. What Cooper is waiting for is the actual targets identified by Andy Scott to come to fruition. That’s why he’s waiting and watching what happens next. If Fulham have the money to prise Cooper away from Swansea they will find themselves in the same position. To put it simply, whoever comes through with their promises wins his loyalty. The swans are still in the dominating position. If Fulham sit down with Cooper and give him the money he wants as a salary, thats the first hurdle, secondly he will want Mike Marsh with him, then, and this is crucial, what money can he spend and how much will that be on first team players ? All sounds simple doesn’t it ?

Well, that’s because it is.

Lovers of the Cooperball revolution will want Swansea City to splash the cash, but of course that won’t be without a few players going out. That isn’t the case at Fulham, they have the first year premier league parachute payment to play with. They already have cash in reserve, and it’s far more than the swans can manage. So, today and maybe for the rest of this week it’s a case of what can the swans deliver for Cooper, and how quick can that be achieved to reassure him the club are serious about the coming season ?

Fulham may well have all the money, and all of the London draw for Steve Cooper, but he has a number of players he will feel some loyalty towards after two seasons at the Liberty. None of which will follow him to Fulham, guaranteed, it will be in any contract he signs to join Fulham. And yes, that’s the simple brief today, how much can I have ? Okay, then show me your intent. If Swansea do that Cooper won’t go anywhere, if it starts looking slightly iffy then you can be rest assured he will be wanting to speak to Fulham much sooner rather than later.

The summer has much more to bring.

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ReslovenSwan1 added 14:46 - Jun 21
I wonder what Cooper actually thinks of the non competetive Wembley performance and the accusations of turgid football. Does he recognise this in his team? Is it a case of "we do what we do and it will not change". He has said this a few times. Why would any manager commit themselves to a non aspirational approach. I would prefer "we do what we do and me and my coaches improve week on week like my players. We are alway open to new ideas and improving our own performance. I will be discussing with Julian this week a strengthening of our coaching team to improve one touch play and off the ball player dynamics and introduction of new players to facilitate this".

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