The club are looking to fill the void left by Roy Hodgson after the best part of four seasons in charge at Selhurst Park. It is set to be a big summer at the club, with the Eagles going through a monumental amount of changes when it comes to the playing staff before they even begin with the man in the dugout.
But just who the next person is going to be at this point is still up in the air, and speaking on TalkSport, Crook recently provided an update on just who the south Londoners could be about to appoint, and seemed to suggest that Swansea City boss Steve Cooper could be the man at the front of the queue at this moment in time:
“Steve Cooper – of course, currently a manager in the Championship at Swansea City – he’s a name that I’ve been given by more than one source now as a possible successor at Crystal Palace to Roy Hodgson.
“Swansea will want compensation, but I’m told privately Cooper feels that he’s taken Swansea as far as he can and would relish that challenge.
“We know that Palace have been in talks with Nuno Espirito Santo, interest from Everton maybe is clouding the issue there. Eddie Howe has been mentioned, I’m told that he isn’t interested in Selhurst Park and that Sean Dyche is likely, at this stage, to stay at Burnley.
“So, possibly, all roads for Crystal Palace now lead to Steve Cooper.”
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Would you be happy with Steve Cooper at Selhurst Park?
There’s no doubt that 41-year-old Cooper has done a very good job at Swansea City with his ‘entertaining football’, taking them to the play-offs in back-to-back seasons and rising from 6th to 4th in the process.
So whilst not ultimately being successful in getting promoted, he is certainly proving that he can operate at a high-end Championship level, with the Premier League the logical next step forward for him if, as Crook claims, he thinks he can’t take Swansea City any further.
Moving from Swansea to a team in the lower-mid-table region of the Premier League has worked for his Swans predecessor in Graham Potter at Brighton, so history shows it’s not an impossible jump for someone to make.
But given the rebuild that this summer would entail, there is certainly a big element of risk attached to appointing a Premier League newcomer to the role.