Britton sure Cooper will succeed with Swans

Leon Britton says new head coach Steve Cooper was the 'stand-out candidate' for the Swansea job.

Leon Britton says new head coach Steve Cooper was the ‘stand-out candidate’ for the Swansea job.

The Swans appointed England Under-17s’ World Cup-winning coach Cooper on Thursday on a three-year contract, with Mike Marsh set to work alongside him as assistant first-team coach.

Club legend and board advisor Britton was part of the recruitment process at the Liberty Stadium and says Cooper was the best man for the job.

‘We are delighted to get Steve in,’ he told the club’s website.

‘I was involved in the process from the start, and it was a thorough process.

We spoke to a lot of people, and cut it down from there.

‘But once we spoke to Steve it became clear he was the stand-out candidate to take the club forward, and that was clear in my mind, Trevor’s mind and Curt’s mind too.

‘The way he wants to play was key.

A lot of people can talk about the way they want to play, but with Steve there was that clarity in how he would go about it.

‘It’s easy to say you want to play attractive, passing football, but Steve knew and understood the process by which he could get a team to play that way.

‘He spoke about how he would structure the sessions, and we are talking about a coach of an excellent calibre and reputation following his excellent work with Liverpool and England.

He was the perfect fit.’