Sources: Crystal Palace board ’50/50 split’ over appointing Cooper after interview
Crystal Palace are 50/50 over appointing Swansea City boss Steve Cooper as their new manager, Football Insider can reveal.
The Londoners are still yet to agree terms with the successor to Roy Hodgson despite an extensive hunt featuring multiple twists.
A source has told Football Insider Palace’s board were extremely impressed by Cooper’s interview but are “50/50 split” on offering him the job.
Some believe he is the perfect man to remould the team and change the playing style, while others want someone with Premier League experience.
Football Insider learned on June 9 that ex-Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo had verbally agreed a deal with Palace before talks collapsed.
While Nuno is more experienced, Cooper has the ability to change the team’s style.
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The 41-year-old has been in charge of Swansea City since replacing Graham Potter who joined Brighton in the summer of 2019.
He led the Swans to the Championship play-off final last season but they were defeated by Brentford at Wembley.
Prior to joining the Welsh outfit, Cooper spent four years in charge of the England Under-17s and guided them to the Under-17 World Cup in 2017.
His extensive contacts built up during his time with England could be helpful to Crystal Palace who are set for a summer rebuild.
Swansea have had England youth internationals Rhian Brewster, Marc Guehi, Conor Galagher and Freddie Woodman all on loan in the past two seasons.