Steve Cooper has dropped a hint on his future at Swansea City amid reports of his potential departure from the Liberty Stadium this summer.
What’s been said?
In a recent interview with the Swansea City website, Cooper discussed his disappointment following his side’s defeat in the play-off final against Brentford, as well as suggesting that he and his team will be aiming to go one further next season.
Seemingly as a result of the job the 41-year-old has done over his two years at the Liberty Stadium so far, he has been heavily linked with taking over the vacant managerial position at Premier League side Crystal Palace this summer.
However, in his latest interview, Cooper said: “I am proud of the players, I feel like we had an unbelievable season to get to where we got to.
“We had every right to be at Wembley for the final because of the work we put in, but we also had no right to be there in respect of some of the circumstances we have worked under and the challenges we have faced.
“I have said it all along this season, with the squad we have had and in this season of all seasons, the players deserve that credit. They certainly get it from me.
“When you lose a final, it is hard to feel like you have had a really good season. We have had a really good season, but we will have to come again.”
Fans will be buzzing
Considering the rather extraordinary job Cooper has done at Swansea since taking over from Graham Potter back in the summer of 2019, the former England U17 international’s latest comments regarding his future in Wales, specifically the “we will have to come again” line, will surely leave fans of the club buzzing.
Taking over from Potter’s Swansea side that had finished the Championship season in 10th place in their 2018/19 campaign, the 41-year-old immediately guided his side to a top-six finish in his first season, with the Swans narrowly missing out on a spot in the play-off final after a 3-2 aggregate loss to Brentford.
And, although the Swans ultimately lost 2-0 to an extremely impressive Brentford team in the final, the past two seasons have demonstrated the remarkable progress Swansea have made under the young coach.
As such, the fact that the man whom Andre Ayew dubbed a “quality” manager appears to have suggested that he will indeed remain with the club beyond the summer, despite his links to the Palace job, is incredibly good news for everyone involved with Swansea, as well as providing a huge boost to the club’s chances of making it third-time lucky in their search for promotion next season.