By Nick Ware

21st Jul, 2021 | 3:43pm

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper set to leave, club annoyed by open application to West Brom

Swansea City manager Steve Cooper is set for an imminent exit with an overture to West Brom one of the downfalls in his relationship with the Welsh club.

That’s according to 90min journalist Graeme Bailey, writing on his personal Twitter profile on Wednesday afternoon.

Bailey said: “Steve Cooper is leaving Swansea City imminently, by mutual consent. The club had been annoyed by him openly applying for other jobs all summer…Crystal Palace, West Brom and Fulham to name but three.”

Happy with Ismael

Cooper was certainly one of the stronger candidates we were linked with this summer, following Sam Allardyce’s Hawthorns exit in May.

The former England Under-19 boss has spent the last two seasons in South Wales with Swansea, overseeing successive play-off campaigns.

However, they have fallen short in each of them, firstly at the semi-final hurdle in 2020, before losing to Brentford at Wembley this year.

He’s starting to get a ‘nearly-man’ tag, but that’s probably unfair on someone who has shown a level of consistency without being given big bucks to spend in the transfer market.

However, we’re happy to have Valerien Ismael.

Cooper’s side actually beat Ismael’s Barnsley in the semi-final this year, but the financial disparities between the sides are vast, and it’s no true reflection of their abilities as managers.

Ismael appears to be a much more aggressive coach, and that’s probably what we need to spearhead a promotion push and ensure a few players get their acts together.

The early signs have been positive, and we will surely be eyeing up the automatic spots this season.

Swansea may have been an outside bet, and certainly play-off contenders once again, but they look to be in turmoil at this present time, and that should boost our Championship hopes.

In other West Brom news, our Albion Super Fans are outraged at a major development over this midfielder’s future.

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