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And so we move on but Cooper’s departure leaves questions



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As the “official” news was breaking yesterday on social media and all sorts of media outlets played catch up with the news that Steve Cooper was leaving I made a decision not to publish immediate articles largely because I had already had my say on the weekend…

Well, that was purely part of it, the other part was a week off work and a day out with the family enjoying the sun so it was only the notifications that told me that the news we published on Saturday against a backdrop of large amounts of disbelief had come true and that Steve Cooper had indeed left Swansea City.

A simple Tweet summed up my view on the events leading up to the departure and Swansea City is bigger than anything else so today we move on.

Today, when we reflect back on the day that confirmed his departure then there are a few things to look back on but really it is about looking forward and embracing whatever may come next because – as we said yesterday – Swansea City is bigger than any one man.

The things though to look back on are firstly why the media did not see this coming or were they totally sworn to secrecy.   The latter I know to be the case at the start of this week (once the news hit the public domain) but were they totally oblivious to it before.   Not naming names but are they just happy to receive the occasional transfer titbit and player interview in return for complete oblivion to what is happening at the club.  It is that oblivion that gave us Tony Petty in 2001 (remember the Evening Post welcomed him on Day 1 and the Western Mail (as was) never questioned anything), the sale of the club in 2016 was always ignored by the media and, as the legal case rumbles on, it still is and now we have this.   Silence but yesterday they were all breaking news despite the fact it had been discussed in multiple places for many days.

Secondly, Julian Winter was clear that the club and the manager reached agreement two weeks ago.  Not agreement on the terms of his departure but his departure itself.   So that means we have spent two weeks negotiating terms.  Terms we will undoubtedly never know the detail of but terms that are likely to see the club hit in the pocket whilst the manager increases the size of his.  We know that there will be other terms as part of the agreement (silence may be one of them!) but two weeks to get there is pretty dreadful negotiations by anyone’s standards especially when you are in the middle of one of your most crucial periods of any calendar year.

Finally, just how badly did Steve Cooper want to leave Swansea City and why.   We know about Palace and Fulham but West Brom were thrown into the mix yesterday so the guy wasn’t backwards in coming forwards about a desire to leave.   We have speculation that he felt he wasn’t backed in the transfer market – one journalist highlights the inability to bring in a No 9 in January which ignores the fact that Cooper also failed on that in the summer transfer window as well.   We have rumours of falling out with the American owners which I can buy as plausible as the “absent” Steve Kaplan does have a tendency to be on the phone to managers almost every day (or so I am led to believe by multiple sources over a long period of time.)  And finally we have speculation that he just believed he had taken this club as far as he could.   Again, that is plausible.

But whatever way as we look to close the Steve Cooper chapter at Swansea City his exit was handled in a poor way by all concerned.  The manager seemingly was hawking himself about (we don’t necessarily blame him for that) and the club wanted him to leave but in the middle of it all we asked him to oversee pre-season training and matches for a gig that he knew wasn’t his any more.  That just isn’t good to see and shows a lack of leadership within other areas of the club which present a longer term problem and maybe does add some weight to an inability to get that No 9 in during the January window.

We do indeed move on but we have more questions than answers but there is little chance of the local media asking them.


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  1. Cooper had been seduced by a possible move to the Premier League and had been associated with other clubs. The compensation clause made any such move impossible. His only option, gamble as it is, was to leave and make himself a free agent.

  2. Interesting article. First Mr Potter now Mr Cooper. It was obvious when Mr Birch left that he felt nothing further to be gained.
    The culture clash between the professional hired hands and the US investors seems to be a huge problem. The original investment can never be fully valued while the current impasse remains.
    I am sure that the Trust director could give a more complete insight though obviously restricted by the confidentiality agreement. Good luck to his successor.
    Sadly this does not auger well for the future.
    Note strength to the Trust’s arm

  3. Don’t blame cooper or the Swans , looks like they were both protecting them selves. Swans tied him down with a 4.5 million clause and had hired their own back room staff after being burned by potter , that probably cuts down your negotiating power for a better deal or exit deal, can’t blame Swans for that . Cooper needs to assemble his on going back room team for future positions , can’t blame him for that .so basically he’s getting out for himself, having 2 good seasons he can leave with his reputation in tact and wait for the next job . Does cooper really care about the Swans? I think he only cares about his future which is ok . We will only get consistency if out next manager has skin in the game , some one who actually has loyalty. We are becoming the holadeck for the premier star ship enterprise. There were times last season when cooper lost us games, with his inability to have a plan B , and a 4 game bad run lost us automatic promotion, but can’t remember him once blaming himself. He is a good coach but he’s probably used us to learn his trade like potter . Let’s hope we get a new manager who is up for the challenge and accepts the financial situation for what it is .

  4. If he’s not happy leave proves to me can’t work without money to buy go fo a richer club bye bye


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Phil Sumblerhttp://www.planetswans.co.uk
Been watching the Swans since the very late 1970s and running the Planet Swans website (in all its current and previous guises since the summer of 2001 As it stood JackArmy.net was right at the forefront of some of the activity against Tony Petty back in 2001, breaking many of the stories of the day as fans stood against the actions where the local media failed. Was involved with the Swans Supporters Trust from 2005, for the large part as Chairman before standing down in the summer of 2020.

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