New head coach Cooper backs ‘hungry’ Swans to fly

New Swansea head coach Steve Cooper is adamant the squad 'are in a good place' ahead of the new Championship season.

New Swansea head coach Steve Cooper is adamant the squad ‘are in a good place’ ahead of the new Championship season.

The 39-year-old Welshman succeeds Graham Potter, who left the Liberty Stadium to take charge at Premier League Brighton last month.

Cooper, who is joined at the Swans by Mike Marsh, led an England Under-17 side – which included Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho – to World Cup glory in 2017.

And having been confirmed as the new man in charge last Thursday, Cooper has held his first press conference at the club and firmly believes the players he has inherited have the ability to push on up the Championship next term.

The former Liverpool academy manager, who revealed he has watched all of the Swans’ games since Christmas after hearing that he was getting the job, said: ‘Football people like myself, and fans, from outside Swansea have admired the recent history, the journey to the Premier League, the way the team has played and the players that have been in the teams, everyone has looked with admiration.

‘So I know in terms of that footballing identity what it stands for, and that is a massive attraction for me because that’s what I believe in, too, so it’s a good match, a perfect fit.

‘The team is in a really good place, it’s a young, hungry team willing to run and be brave on the ball.

I’m a football coach, I want to grow the players and the identity.

I want fans to see a real team that’s proud to play for the football club, both with and without the ball.

So it’s all about looking forward.

I just can’t wait to get going.

‘ Punters can use their free bet to back Cooper to help guide the Swans to promotion to the top flight next term.