Swansea boss Cooper not drawn by Crystal Palace connections

Swansea City boss Steve Cooper has insisted he stays centered on Championship play-offs regardless of being linked to the Crystal Palace job.

Palace introduced this week that Roy Hodgson will leave the membership after 4 years at Selhurst Park, and Cooper is among the many early favorites for the job with the bookkeeper following his spectacular work in Swansea.

The 41-year-old Welshman has steered Swansea twice to the Sky Bet Championship Championship play-offs, along with his side defending within the 1-0 semi-final against Barnsley on the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.


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Addressing the Palace hyperlinks, Cooper said: “It is not a week for any particular person matters or conversations.

“This week is nearly second within the play-offs for Swansea City and is doing all the things we will to get the best outcome.

“I am in that bubble like everybody else proper now and just focus on that.

“Nothing will distract me or anybody else as a result of this week is just too necessary.

“We’re motivated, we’re excited, all these belongings you really feel in big video games. There’s nothing else on our thoughts and I did not let something get within the thoughts of anybody else in our group.

“It is about restoration, getting ready and being as ready as we will for the subsequent sport. If you happen to do that, then nothing else creeps in. ”

Swansea beat Brentford 1-0 of their first leg of the semi-finals last season earlier than beating West London 3-1.

This time, Swansea are at home within the return sport with Andre Ayew’s good winner on Monday securing a slim benefit against Barnsley.

“A few of it’s completely different, a few of it’s the identical,” said Cooper, reflecting on the second chance semi-final Swansea has played under his cost.

“We’re home this time and there are followers within the stadium now, but it surely’s nonetheless the identical entrance.

“We’ve to really focus on what it takes to win the battle and that’s to maintain clear sheets and try to score goals. That isn’t out of the norm for us. ”

Swansea’s Freddie Woodman gained the Championship Gold Glove with 20 clear sheets in his 45 league appearances, and one other shutout would assure Wembley’s date against Bournemouth or Brentford on Could 29.

However Cooper insists Swansea will probably be approaching the tie as if they don’t seem to be forward.

He said: “Our mindset is that we nonetheless have all the things to do. We’re not searching for patches on the back.

“I see a really centered group of players who’re very dedicated to getting the job executed.

“It is largely a tunnel imaginative and prescient and suits with what it takes to win on Saturday.

“It is nonetheless 90 minutes, it is a completely different day and stadium, and it’s important to go to the sport as you usually would.

“It does not match our model or id of enjoying an equal sport. Our thought when coming into video games is to try to manage the sport with and with out the ball. ”

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