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Swansea City: Simon Jordan dismisses Frank Lampard as Steve Cooper’s replacement

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TalkSport pundit Simon Jordan doesn’t think that Frank Lampard will want to take on the Swansea City job.

Despite leading them to back-to-back play-off finishes and reaching this year’s final, Steve Cooper and Swansea City have decided to part ways, with CEO Julian Winter stating: “We feel this conclusion is in the best interests of the club with a new season just over two weeks away.”

Cooper had found himself linked with a number of jobs over the summer including Crystal Palace and Fulham, but has ultimately ended up on the unemployment line instead, leaving the job at the Liberty Stadium vacant in the process.

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Lampard, who of course played for Swansea City during the early part of his career, has been tipped as one of their potential new managers, but speaking about the matter on TalkSport, Jordan didn’t see Lampard as a likely successor, hinting that the job could very much be beneath him based on what the former England international might want out of his career:

“Listen, you can never say never in this business because if the opportunity presents itself and no other one presents it, then these guys might take it. But I just don’t see Frank going to Swansea. Albeit, he went to Derby and maybe that’s a blueprint, maybe that’s where Frank has to go to rebuild whatever has been done to his reputation as a result of Chelsea.

“I also don’t see where the trajectory of Frank’s career would go if he took a Swansea. Not because I don’t think Swansea are a decent football club, but I’m looking at Frank and where he would think his career would go after managing Chelsea.

“It doesn’t chime with then dropping to Swansea, because you start to get yourself pigeonholed as a certain type of manager, or managing at certain levels, and that’s probably not where Frank wants to be.”

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It certainly would be a step back for Lampard in terms of the clubs he’s managed to return to the Championship, having been in the League only a matter of months ago, but with all jobs now filled for the time being, there might not be many options out there for him right now.

And after the impressive job he did at Derby, if he can replicate that – even if he has to go down the route of borrowing players from Chelsea again to make it happen – taking on a side that have finished in the top six twice in two seasons, the foundations are arguably there for them to really kick on.

And hopefully, having managed at a higher level now, he might be the one to finally push them over the edge and back into the League.

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