Crystal Palace are eyeing up Steve Cooper as a potential alternative to Frank Lampard, following Roy Hodgson’s resignation as manager.
The Lowdown: Hodgson confirms Palace exit
He took charge of Palace back in September 2017, keeping them clear of relegation to the Championship during that time – the primary objective for many supporters, but now those fans are eyeing more with the club solidified in the top flight.
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The Latest: Cooper in the mix
Palace will now be on the lookout for a new manager, with Frank Lampard emerging as a front-runner to take over from Hodgson this summer.
Taking to Twitter, journalist Fabrizio Romano claimed that Swansea City manager Cooper is viewed as an alternative to the Chelsea legend, with a decision expected in the coming days.
Official. Crystal Palace confirm Roy Hodgson to step down as manager at the end of the season. 🔵🔴 #CPFC
Frank Lampard is one of the options as new manager, also Steve Cooper is in the list as potential candidate. Crystal Palace board will decide in the next days. ⏳
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 18, 2021
The Verdict: Is Cooper ready?
Cooper’s future could well be decided by Swansea City’s performance in the Championship playoffs, with his side beating Barnsley 1-0 on Monday night, in the first leg of the semi-final.
Should the Swans secure promotion to the Premier League, he will surely stay put, trying his luck with the Welsh outfit in the top-flight.
If they fail to go up, however, Cooper could view Palace as an ideal next step in his managerial career, having won the Under-17 World Cup with England back in 2017 – a side that included Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho.
The 41-year-old may be a less high-profile option than Lampard, but he is actually more experienced and is arguably more well-placed to thrive at Selhurst Park, playing an exciting brand of attacking, high intensity football.
In other news, a pundit has claimed one Palace key man could leave the club this summer. Find out who it is here.
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