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Swansea appoint Steve Cooper as new coach

Swansea appoint Steve Cooper as new coach

13 Jun 2019, 22:30

Swansea City have appointed England U-17 manager Steve Cooper as their new head coach and will take over from Graham Potter, who is set to take reigns at Brighton. 

The 39-year-old  has agreed on a three-year contract with the Swans and will have former Liverpool and West Ham midfielder Mike Marsh as his assistant.

Cooper, who is known for his eye-catching possession football was elated to have gotten the chance, and could not hide his excitement. 

"I'm really excited about the challenge ahead. This opportunity is something I've been working towards my whole life, certainly since I started coaching 22 years ago," Cooper said as quoted by BBC. 

"I have already done a huge amount of homework on the playing style, the squad, and plans for pre-season. Now I just can't wait to get started," he added. 

The club's chairman Trevor Birch said they picked the 'right' men for the job, after undergoing a rigorous search exercise. 

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

Cooper has coached the likes of Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho and Callum Hudson-Odoi in recent seasons, and led the U-17 World Cup in 2017.

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