Swansea closes in on EFL manager amid final ties between Steve Cooper and Crystal Palace
Swansea City is moving quickly to try and find a potential replacement for Steve Cooper as Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton has been approached for the role, according to Football initiate.
After former Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre turned down the Crystal Palace job last week, the Eagles apparently turned to Cooper with talks ongoing with the 40-year-old – again per Football initiate.
With Cooper seemingly at the helm of the vacant Selhurst Park seat, Swansea is apparently shopping and attentions have turned to Imps boss Appleton.
The former Preston North End and West Brom midfielder, whose playing career was cut short early due to injury, has carved out a reputation as a talented coach and helped Lincoln to fall within 90 minutes from the championship last season. the final of the Ligue 1 play-offs.
Especially with Lincoln and also with Oxford, Appleton regularly used younger players and that would match Cooper’s methods during his last two years at Liberty Stadium, where he loaned young talent and nurtured academy graduates from Swansea.
But it remains to be seen whether Appleton would be keen on moving, having only recently refuse an approach to his former club West Brom.
Considering that Appleton turned down a club he cared about to “see through the project” at Lincoln, then it’s hard to believe he’ll trade Sincil Bank for Liberty Stadium.
Appleton is clearly highly regarded by many EFL clubs, but he seems fiercely true to what he has built at Lincoln, even though he will lose Morgan Rogers and Brennan Johnson at their parent clubs next season.
Clubs with bigger budgets and a bigger reputation don’t seem to faze the 45-year-old who will apparently wait until Lincoln’s draft is finished – or something happens that is just too good to turn down.