Steve Cooper is set to quit as manager of Swansea City, according to reports.

The 41-year-old took charge at the Liberty Stadium in June 2019 by signing a three-year deal.

His appointment followed five years working in England’s youth setup, during which he guided the Three Lions to U17 World Cup glory in 2017.

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The Telegraph states that Cooper is in talks with Swansea over the mutual termination of his contract a year early.

The Welshman is worried about the direction of the club and his departure could be announced as early as this week.

Cooper has done brilliantly with the Swans, guiding them to successive play-off finishes.

In 2019/20, they finished sixth on 70 points but were beaten in the semi-final by Brentford.

In the season recently finished, Cooper’s men showed improvement by finishing in fourth place with 80 points.

But Brentford were once again their downfall as they lost 2-0 at Wembley, thanks to goals from Ivan Toney and Emiliano Marcondes.

Cooper has had to deal with a number of top players leaving the club during his tenure.

Oli McBurnie was sold to Sheffield United for £17.5million just two months after his arrival.

Welsh centre-back Joe Rodon, who featured at Euro 2020, was snapped up by Tottenham for £11m in October last year.

The latest significant exit is Ghanaian winger Andre Ayew, who left Swansea at the end of his contract in June.

He scored 16 goals during their Championship campaign but is now in talks over a switch to Turkey.

Cooper is unsure about the amount of transfer funds available during the summer window.

He does not want to risk a disappointing season if more top players are sold and will therefore pursue a new challenge.

The head coach refused to discuss his future following the club’s pre-season victory over Plymouth Argyle.

He said: “I think if there is any real news that’s when we would speak.

“There’s no official updates on anything. You know I don’t like talking about myself so let’s focus on the boys.

“I am here, I am working hard. Day by day, that’s how it is. I have always been that way. I have not paid attention to anything else.

“If there’s anything really official to talk about me, we’ll talk about it then but there’s not so we’ll leave it at that.”

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