Tag Archives: Swansea City

Swans Swoop In For Cooper

SWANSEA City have appointed England Under-17 Head Coach Steve Cooper as their new Head Coach.

Cooper, 39, has signed a three-year deal to replace Graham Potter who joined Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this summer.

He will be joined by former Liverpool and West Ham United midfielder Mike Marsh, who becomes the assistant first-team coach, with further backroom appointments to come.

Marsh worked alongside Cooper at the FA and is also the former Liverpool and Huddersfield Town first-team coach.

Cooper, who during his career played as a defender, is the son of former top-flight referee Keith – was on the books of Wrexham as a youngster before joining the clubs academy coaching set-up, acheiveing his UEFA Pro Licence coaching certificate at the age of 26.

After becoming Head of Youth at Wrexham, he moved to Liverpool in 2008 and became Academy manager in 2011. During his time at Anfield, he worked under technical director Pep Segura, who is currently, general football manager at Barcelona and he helped develop players such as Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.

He first joined the FA set-up in 2013 as a youth coach educator and coached the England Under-16s in 2014 before moving to under-17 level a year level.

Cooper’s Young Lions reached the 2017 European Championship finals, where they lost against Spain on penalties, but they gained revenge later in the year when they beat the same opponents 5-2 in the World Cup final.

The England Under-17 World Cup final side featured the likes of Phil Foden, Rhian Brewster, Morgan Gibbs-White and Callum Hudson-Odoi, whilst Jadon Sancho, who has since made his senior debut, was also in the squad for the tournament.

Swansea chairman Trevor Birch told the clubs official website:“We are excited and delighted with the appointment.

“Together with Leon (Britton) and Alan (Curtis) we went through a long and thorough interview process covering a lot of very good candidates. The quality was extremely high, which speaks volumes about the attractiveness of the opportunity and how well respected this football club is within the game.

“At the forefront of our thinking was the appointment of a head coach who was hungry, ambitious, had a clear track record of playing our style of football, plus a pedigree to work with and develop young, talented players.

“Steve matched all those requirements in abundance and his views, coaching ethos and presentation were extremely compelling.

“It may be his first senior role, but he has been coaching for over 20 years and, let’s not forget, our young squad saw more game time for under-23 players than any other team in the Championship last season. And not many people can say they have won a World Cup, even at under-17 level!

“He is highly regarded as one of the best young coaches in the country and at some stage was always going to be given an opportunity by someone. I’m delighted we are that club because Swansea has a great track record of success in doing just that with the likes of Roberto Martinez and Brendan Rodgers, for example.’’

Birch also revealed that the club were targeting appointing a head coach rather than a manager saying:“We were targeting a head coach rather than a manager because we feel the work on the training pitch will be vital to our success. The appointment of Mike Marsh as his assistant – who has a wealth of knowledge and senior experience – will play a vital role in supporting Steve.

“We will also ensure he receives support from a strong infrastructure around him. Leon and Alan will be regular and familiar figures down at the training ground who, together with the impending new head of recruitment and other backroom hires, will form a strong collaborative team behind the scenes.

“We believe Steve is ready for it, but more importantly he believes he is ready for it as well. We are excited by the appointment and have every confidence and belief in his abilities to be successful.’’

One more defeat and he’s gone?

Its hard to believe that after just 3 games into the new Premier League campaign we are talking about the first possible managerial casualty. 

Crystal Palace have made the worse possible start to the new season as they have lost all 3 of their opening fixtures, and have yet to score a league goal.

Manager Frank De Boer was announced as the successor to Sam Allardyce who stepped down from his post at Selhurst Park back in June. Upon the Dutchman’s appointment there was a sense of optimism around ‘The Eagles’ that they could go on and have a very good season, under the former Ajax and Inter Milan manager.

Bringing in players such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Timothy Fosu Mensah on loan, as well as completing a €9m move for AFC Ajax defender Jairo Reidewald had given the fans further belief that the club were heading in the right direction and De Boer was the man to steer them away from a team that just stayed up every year, and turn them into a solid mid table outfit.

After an opening day thumping by newly promoted Huddersfield Town 3-0 at home, and this backed up with two further defeats to Liverpool and Swansea City respectively, the Dutchman has found himself under huge pressure so early on in his tenure.

Nothing short of 3 points away at Turf Moor this weekend would be good enough for the club, who desperately need to find some kind of form otherwise they could find themselves embroiled in a relegation battle and worse than that for De Boer he could very well found himself out of a job come Monday morning.

Crystal Palace fans should the club stick by Frank De Boer? Is it to soon to sack a manager? Let us know in the comments section…

Swansea should turn their attentions to this former striker

Swansea City have made a decent start to their Premier League campaign. After claiming a terrific draw on the road against Southampton on the opening day, the Swans were then beaten at home by Manchester United, but responded in terrific fashion as they went to Selhurst Park and beat Crystal Palace 2-0.

After losing their star player Gylfi Sigurdsson earlier on in the window to Everton, the club have been trying to identify targets to bring in. Reports circulating are that Bayern Munich’s Renato Sanches will be coming into the club to replace Sigurdsson, but in other news it seems like Chelsea are looking to take Spanish striker Fernando Llorente to Stamford Bridge.

The striker played a vital role in Swansea surviving in the Premier League last season scoring 15 goals in just 33 games, but will the lure of playing for the current Premier League champions and going to play under Antonio Conte be too tempting?

If Llorente is to leave the Liberty Stadium, then the Swans should turn their attentions to former striker Wilfried Bony.

Wilfried Bony – The Ivory Coast striker joined Manchester City from Swansea in 2015, but has struggled for regular game time at the Etihad Stadium having made just 36 Premier League appearances for the Citizens.

His last season at the Liberty stadium saw him score 11 goals and many Swansea fans were disappointed to see him leave the club.

Having fallen down the pecking order at Manchester City, Bony is going to struggle to get a run in the first team so a move back to South Wales could help him rekindle his form and also help Swansea this season push on up the Premier League.

Swansea City fans would you like to see Wilfried Bony back in a Swansea shirt? Would he be the ideal replacement for Fernando Llorente if he were to leave? Let us know in the comments section below…

The replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson?

Swansea City are confident of completing a season long loan deal for Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Renato Sanches.

After parting with Gylfi Sigurdsson earlier in the transfer window, Swansea have been on the look out for his replacement ever since and it looks like Sanches will be that man. Having worked with Paul Clement during the Swansea manager’s time at Bayern Munich as assistant manager, both parties will know how each other work and could prove to a terrific signing for the club.

Having joined Bayern Munich from Benfica in May 2016, Sanches struggled for a run in the team last campaign and there has been much speculation throughout the summer that the Portuguese star would be moving away from the Allianz Arena.

Sanches was apart of the Portuguese national team that won Euro 2016 and would be a real coup for Swansea, should they get the deal done.

Swansea City fans would you like to see Renato Sanches join your club? Is he the ideal replacement for Gylfi Sigurdsson? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…