Simon Jordan feels Crystal Palace would be taking “a risk” if they hired Swansea City manager Steve Cooper after talks with Nuno Espirito Santo broke down, speaking to talkSPORT (9 June, 10.15am).
While Wolverhampton Wanderers can now press ahead with their summer plans after announcing the arrival of former Benfica boss Bruno Lage, Crystal Palace suddenly find themselves back to the familiar surroundings of square one.
It seemed like only a matter of time before Nuno, the coach who dragged Wolves from the depths of the Championship to the Europa League quarter-finals in three years, would take Roy Hodgson’s place in the Selhurst Park dugout.
According to the Daily Mail, however, talks collapsed at the eleventh hour, with Everton now tipped to hijack a deal for the former Porto and Valencia coach.
Steve Cooper instead of Nuno for Crystal Palace?
The report adds Crystal Palace could now put all their eggs in Steve Cooper’s basket.
But, as former owner Simon Jordan points out, there would be an element of risk involved in appointing a coach who has never worked above Championship level before.
“(In recent years) Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Roy Hodgson have all come in (at Palace). They are steady hands,” Jordan says.
“Taking a guy from the Championship who has great credentials when managing young players is a risk for Palace. I don’t think it would particularly inspire the fans.
“Managing Swansea in the Championship is very different to managing in the Premier League when it’s the business end of elite players.”
Cooper may have succeeded in guiding a youthful Swansea squad to the play-offs in each of his two seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium but don’t make the mistake in assuming the former Liverpool and England youth coach has the backing of everyone in South Wales.
Far from it.
In fact, many Swansea supporters would happily drive Cooper to Selhurst Park themselves if Palace came calling.
While Graham Potter thrilled the fans with his exciting style of play, Cooper’s turgid approach to the beautiful game soon saw goodwill drift away.