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Report claims Chris Wilder has recommended Sheffield United appoint Steve Cooper

Ex-Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, has apparently told the Blades to go out and try and land Swansea City boss, Steve Cooper.

According to a report from The Sun, Wilder was asked his opinion on who should succeed him in the Bramall Lane hotseat.

And Wilder is said to have spoke glowingly about Swansea boss Cooper, who is currently on course to take the Swans to at least a top six finish in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Cooper made the switch from the England youth teams into a first-team manager role with Swansea back in 2019. Interestingly, it was under Cooper where the Blades’ record buy Rhian Brewster thrived, scoring 12 goals during a loan spell last term.

The report also states United could be about to look at Slavisa Jokanovic as Wilder’s replacement, with the style of football thought to be something the Blades board are taking into account.

Wilder, meanwhile, is said to be attracting the interest of West Brom. He also remains in the frame for the Celtic job, something which we exclusively reported in the week around Wilder’s departure from Bramall Lane.

Cooper ticks some boxes but lack of experience may be an issue

There’s no doubt that Cooper is one of the games best up and coming managers and coaches. He was brought in by Swansea because of his coaching credentials and proven track record of working with younger players.

That will be attractive to the Blades board. But the issue which could hold Cooper back is his lack of experience and ultimately, his lack of winning.

Swansea are currently third in the Championship. They sit six behind Watford in second, who are just starting to purr into life a bit.

Of course, he may well lead the Swans to promotion meaning any hope United have of landing Cooper could diminish.

Expect Cooper, plus a host of other names, to be thrown around before United well and truly make their mind up.

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