Swindon Town Boss Mark Cooper has been offered talks by Sheffield United to discuss the possibility of taking over the reigns at Bramall Lane, FLIC SPORT understand.
United have been actively searching for a new manager since they gave Nigel Clough his marching orders last Monday, the former Burton Albion and Derby County Chief paying the price for his side bowing out of the play-offs at the hands of the Robins.
The Blades were understood to have a three-man wish-list – comprising of Bradford City Boss Phil Parkinson, former Brentford manager Mark Warbuton and Nigel Adkins, who can count the likes of Reading and Southampton amongst his former clubs.
United were rebuffed in their approach to speak to Parkinson – who led the Bantams to the Capital One Cup Final in 2013 and to the Sixth Round of The FA Cup this term – earlier this week with the 47-old-year understood to be keen to remain at Valley Parade.
Sources close to FLIC SPORT have suggested that the Sheffield United hierarchy are long-term admirers of Cooper for the job he has carried out at The County Ground – his side’s impressive play-off semi-final success over The Blades earning plenty of respect in the boardroom at Bramall Lane.
And, sources have told FLIC SPORT tonight that Cooper – who has won 49 of his 109 games in charge of Town – has been offered the chance to go and stake his claim for why he should be given the chance to fill the Sheffield United hot-seat.
Cooper has won plenty of admirers during his time in charge of Town for the way he has moulded together a side full of Premier League prospects and cast-offs, whilst helping produce one of the most attractive and expansive brands of football to grace The County Ground in decades.
With the club’s blueprint to put their faith in youth, Cooper has overseen the likes of Yaser Kasim and Ben Gladwin rise from non-league obscurity to become key cogs in a side that reached the League One Play-Off Final last weekend – whilst Gladwin sealed a lucrative move to Championship outfit QPR last week.
Cooper has also helped develop talents such as Ryan Mason, Alex Pritchard and Massimo Luongo, with Mason now a full England international, Pritchard excelled at Championship level with Brentford in 2014/15 and Luongo is now considered a key player for Australia.
In total, Cooper has been in charge of Swindon Town for 109 games, winning 49, drawing 23 and losing 37 with 165 goals scored and 152 conceded.