Sources: Crystal Palace open talks with Cooper after ‘wowing’ board in interview
Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has opened talks with Crystal Palace, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The Premier League club have revived their interest in the 41-year-old after negotiations with ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre collapsed.
A Palace source has told Football Insider that Cooper is now the leading contender to become Roy Hodgson’s permanent successor.
Negotiations are taking place this weekend and he could be appointed soon if terms can be agreed.
Cooper is said to have “wowed” Palace chiefs during his interview with his plans to reshape the team and their playing style.
Swansea have now turned their attention to finding a successor to Cooper.
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This site learned on 16 June the Crystal Palace board were split 50/50 on appointing the Welshman despite his impressive interview.
However, with Favre turning down the job, the door has opened for Cooper.
He has been in charge of Swansea since Graham Potter quit the club for Brighton in the summer of 2019.
The Welsh outfit missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season after losing the play-off final to Brentford.
Prior to taking over at the Liberty Stadium, Cooper spent four years in charge of England Under-17s.
The extensive contacts build up during his time with England and his reputation for helping young players to develop could be key to Palace.
The south London club are set for a summer rebuild with many first-team stars out of contract with their futures up in the air.
In other news, Swansea City have opened talks to sign a Burnley defender.