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Report: Crystal Palace and West Brom set sights on 'exceptional' 41-year-old manager

Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion have both earmarked Steve Cooper as a replacement for their soon-to-be departing manager, according to Sky Sports.

Baggies boss Sam Allardyce will be leaving The Hawthorns at the end of the season, while Eagles manager Roy Hodgson is set to depart the Selhurst Park hotseat.

A number of names have been linked with both soon-to-be vacant roles in the past few days, and Cooper is believed to be on both clubs’ managerial shortlists.

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The 41-year-old began his coaching career in 1998 at Wrexham’s academy before moving to Liverpool’s academy in 2008 and spending five years coaching the young Reds.

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Cooper then turned his attention to international football, steering England’s Under-17s to the World Cup in 2017 as well as getting them to the European U17 Championship final.

The Welshman has been at Swansea City since 2019 and got them to the Championship playoffs last season, he feat he has repeated this year as well.

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Cooper has enjoyed a superb career trajectory, taking a step up with every role he’s held, and has been lauded by his peers, including Tony Pulis, who said last year that he was doing an “exceptional job” at Swansea.

While West Brom will start next season as one of the favourites to go up, he’s already in charge of a Championship promotion contender, so it remains to be seen what the Baggies would bring to the table to convince Cooper.

Palace would probably be the likelier of the two to secure Cooper’s signature if Swansea fail to go up, given they’re an established Premier League team with a decent springboard to kick on into the top half of the table next term.

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