Steve Cooper : The final days are here
Tuesday, 20th Jul 2021 23:01 by Keith Haynes
After a few weeks of speculation Steve Cooper spoke directly to the external media on Tuesday evening. Although the questions could have been far better framed, and more in depth, Coopers responses were not that of a man committed to his job or his club, he said nothing positive. And he gave no assurances.
Talking after the game Cooper was non committal regards his job, and chose his words carefully. He never once mentioned his future hope for his role at the club, and not once did he mention Mike Marsh. Although granted the questioning was hardly challenging.
Taking over the agenda cleverly Cooper delivered his own responses even though the question asked was avoided â€ś If here is any real news thatâ€™s when we would speak," he said. Thereâ€™s no official updates on anything. You know I donâ€™t like talking about myself so letâ€™s focus on the boys. I'm here, I'm working hard. I think you could see tonight in the game through the good and some of the not so good moments, you could see that the players are trying. However, we started the game second best. On being asked to focus on recent events he responded â€śDay by day that's how it is. I've always been that way. I've not paid attention to anything else. If there's anything official to talk about me then we'll talk about it then, but there's not. We'll leave it at that."
Well, we can call that out, under a form of media silence he is still to work out his non disclosure agreement, and he is still awaiting the final details on his leaving the club. Thatâ€™s certain. Hold that quote for future reference.
The same old performance in the 2-1 win over Plymouth was completely overshadowed by the post match Cooper comments. To add this as a post match reflection was pretty alarming â€śI couldn't have given any more in the last two years because that's what the job demands and that's how I personally live my life anyway.;"There's nobody that could have worked any harder than me over the last two years because I've been so proud to be a part of this brilliant football club and that's how I feel exactly at this moment in time.;"I've got a fantastic connection with the players, I'm very fond of them, the staff and it's that sort of place I've felt from day one. I think every player will say that as well."
It sounded very much like a man searching for a post script to his two years of employment at Swansea City. Our view is that he has gone, and all he is doing is finalising his departure.Swansea City will need to move fast now, both legally and structurally, because something else we have learned this evening is Cooper is taking quite a few staff with him. Donâ€™t doubt us, we wouldnâ€™t say it if it were not factual. The speculation is over and Swansea City need to think fast and act quickly to independent websites like this one. We continuously breaks news whilst they fiddle with their fingers. Granted this is a very crucial stage of his departure in financial terms, but some of us who have been students of the game of football politics for years are not easily cast aside.
Today is almost like the coppers have bust down the door and everyone now knows they are surrounded. We donâ€™t place our whole integrity on the line for an extra ten thousand clicks, we have a long game too, and for us itâ€™s the welfare and future of our club, Swansea City.
Think about it.
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