Steve Cooper: Swansea head coach to step down at Liberty Stadium | Football news

Steve Cooper is set to step down as head coach of Swansea, with a mutual termination of his contract close to a deal.

Cooper, 41, was appointed Swansea boss in the summer of 2019 and guided the Welsh side to the Championship play-offs during his two seasons in charge.

He was linked with vacancies at Crystal Palace and West Brom earlier this summer, but those two roles have now been filled.

The club are expected to confirm Cooper’s departure by the end of the week, with their championship season opener – at Blackburn Rovers on August 7 – just 17 days away.

Cooper led Swansea to the Championship play-off final last season

Cooper was in the dugout for Tuesday’s friendly victory over Plymouth, the club’s next preseason game due to face the Bristol Rovers on Saturday.

Cooper began his coaching career at Wrexham academy, before moving to Liverpool and then taking charge of England’s Under-17 team, which he led to a U-17 World Cup victory. 17 years old in 2017.

Swansea will enter the new season without some key players from their previous campaign, with Andre Ayew gone, along with lenders Freddie Woodman and Marc Guehi.

Cooper led Swansea to the Championship play-off final by beating Barnsley in the semi-finals, but his side were beaten 2-0 by Brentford at Wembley.

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