Jordan: Palace going from ‘steady hands’ to Cooper is a ‘risk’

Date published: Wednesday 9th June 2021 4:32 - Lewis Oldham

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Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has suggested that it is a “risk” for the club to appoint Swansea City boss Steve Cooper.

Palace are on the lookout for a new permanent manager. Roy Hodgson opted to leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expired. The 73-year-old had been in charge of Palace since September 2017.

Hodgson guided Crystal Palace to a 14th-place finish in the Premier League in his final season in charge.


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Former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was the leading contender to replace Hodgson. But Nuno and the club have ended talks after failing to agree on a deal.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche and Cooper are now linked with the Palace job.

Cooper has guided Swansea City to back to back top-six finishes in the Championship. The Swans lost in the play-off final to Brentford and speaking last month, Cooper insisted that he was focused on that game over any links with Palace:

“It’s not a week for any individual topics or conversations.

“This week is just about the second leg in the play-offs for Swansea City and doing everything we can to get the right outcome.

“I’m in that bubble like everyone else at the moment and just focusing on that.

“Nothing will distract me or anybody else because this week is too important.”

Jordan was Palace chairman between 2000 and 2010. He has told talkSPORT (as cited by HITC) that appointing Cooper would not inspire the Crystal Palace fans:

“(In recent years) Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Roy Hodgson have all come in (at Palace). They are steady hands,” Jordan said.

“Taking a guy from the Championship who has great credentials when managing young players is a risk for Palace. I don’t think it would particularly inspire the fans.

“Managing Swansea in the Championship is very different to managing in the Premier League when it’s the business end of elite players.”

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