There were definitely a few upset people on social media when we broke a story on Saturday afternoon that Steve Cooper’s time was up at Swansea. Clickbait was the accusation but the article was anything but, it was written with the careful consideration it deserved and only when certain sources had been checked.
This though isn’t about being right (or on this occasion being first) but more about the good of Swansea City. We are just seventeen days away from the start of a very important season for us and we have a great deal of managerial speculation with unanswered questions.
Steve Cooper has seemingly wanted out since the day of the play off final. We referenced on Saturday his words on the Wembley turf that day and they still ring true now. He talked about looking back with fondness not looking ahead with excitement. There was no “we will learn from this” but a realisation (or desire) that it was time to move on.
Crystal Palace and Fulham came calling (to some extent) and then last Saturday we had the cheek to suggest he was on his way. Cue the abuse, cue the disagreement and cue the “you made that up for clicks” accusations. The last part of that was not true of course but if it fits the narrative to present…
But anyway, this needs to be resolved and it needs to be resolved quick. It is relatively clear that the local media know what is going on but are being asked not to report on it fully. The articles from Wales Online and the BBC yesterday were laughable in Cooper’s comments more than anything but the words of the manager were “Day by day, that’s how it is. I have always been that way. I have not paid attention to anything else.
“If there’s anything really official to talk about me, we’ll talk about it then but there’s not so we’ll leave it that.”
None of those words are the words of a man who is denying the report. It would have been easy to dismiss the report as rubbish if indeed it was and move on but Cooper gave nothing and that is the sound of someone who – as we said on Saturday – is negotiating an exit with the club. And that is the bit that needs to happen quickly.
Neither side is looking good right now. You have a manager who is clearly not wanting to be here and a club that seemingly don’t want him. Negotiations should be relatively easy to reach especially when they aren’t negotiations that have started in the past few days. I have been fortunate – or maybe unfortunate – enough to see first hand the negotiation skills our our majority owners and they aren’t necessarily quick and they certainly aren’t communicative or effective.
The departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson was long and protracted as the owners believed they could hold out for more and the departure of Joe Rodon was the opposite as we took the first offer available. Even Trevor Birch is rumoured to have said to those close to him that there was more on the table but the Swans didn’t even try for it.
These are the moments that will harm the club. Steve Cooper is a manager. We have had managers before him and there will be plenty more after him. Swansea City has been here for 109 years and we hope for many to come. The club is bigger than one man and no one man will ever be bigger than the club. So we need to negotiate and quickly and bring it to a conclusion. For the good of the football club and for no other reason.
And let’s hope that the appointment of Mr Cooper’s replacement is much quicker and more efficient and with that in mind let’s believe we have the right man lined up already.
This is getting silly now.