Cooper was unveiled as the replacement for Kevin MacDonald on Tuesday after five weeks in temporary charge and says there is a sea change when it comes to the approach the Robins are taking.
"I don't see it as a stepping stone, I want to be part of the long term future of the football club," he said.
"The club has taken a different route over the last few months in terms of transfer policy and certainly the way we're trying to play football and the way we'll play football for a while to come."
Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger became the club's latest signing when he put pen to paper on Friday and Cooper revealed he has already played a part in picking future signings along with chairman Jed McCrory and director Lee Power.
"I've had quite an input," he said. "Myself, Jed and Lee sit down and look at the players that are available and between us we'll come to a decision about who we think is right to come into the football club."