Paul Merson names the manager he thinks West Brom should move for, he's done a 'great job'
West Bromwich Albion have been urged by Paul Merson to move for Steve Cooper after Sam Allardyce leaves The Hawthorns.
The 66-year-old took the West Brom reins last December, penning an 18-month contract containing a break clause in the event of relegation.
With the Baggies losing their Premier League battle, the club made Allardyce an offer to stay on, but he didn’t accept as he can’t commit to the project at this stage of his career.
A number of managers have been linked with the West Brom hotseat to replace the veteran boss, with Sky Sports reporting that Swansea’s Cooper is one of the contenders for the role.
The 41-year-old, who steered England to the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, took Swansea to the Championship playoffs last year and has repeated the feat this season.
They currently boast a 1-0 first-leg lead over Barnsley, with the second leg to be played on Saturday.
And Merson, writing in the Daily Star, believes he’d be a good shout for the West Brom vacancy.
“West Brom should go for Swansea boss Steve Cooper now Sam Allardyce is going,” said the Arsenal legend.
“If the Swans don’t get promoted, that’s where I’d look if I was West Brom. Cooper has done a great job there.
“And he would have more of a chance of getting West Brom promoted next season than he would Swansea.”
Cooper is a great manager whose career has seen him go from Wrexham’s academy to the Championship via an amazing U17 World Cup trophy that may well have laid the foundations for a superb generation of England players to make their mark at senior level.
That said, Swansea have reached the playoffs twice in the last 12 months and, if they don’t go up, would Cooper be willing to swap one Championship club for another, particularly if the likes of Crystal Palace are also said to be after him?
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