Sheffield Wednesday: Cooper focused on Robins mission

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper
Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper

Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper insists he remains fully focused on his current job following Sheffield Wednesday’s interest in his services.

The Star understands the Owls sounded out Cooper, who led the Robins to the League One Play-Off Final last season, regarding a coaching role in June.

Wednesday wanted the 46-year-old to assist new head coach Carlos Carvalhal but Cooper, contracted to Swindon until 2016, made it clear he was only interested in a number one position.

Although no formal approach was made for Cooper, the Owls hierarchy held talks with his representative. It is also believed they explored the possibility of offering the head coach job to the Yorkshireman and making Carvalhal general manager before ultimately cooling their interest in him.

“Speculation was rife and I was linked to it,” he said. “I’m not sure if there was an approach or not, we should probably leave that one to the chairman. Nothing should surprise you in football.

“I’ve got a job to do, another season to go and really looking forward to it. When you’ve had a reasonable season you are going to be linked to jobs.”

Swindon chairman Lee Power has also stressed that they have “never” received an official approach from Wednesday for Cooper, accusing the local media of “creating stories”.

“Certain media outlets that need to sell papers and do certain things in summer, that’s their business, they try and create stories and say certain things and want people to respond.

“I never had an official approach from Sheffield Wednesday, I never heard from them at all.

“If there was an approach and Mark was going to go and speak to them then I’d let the fans know, of course I would. When nothing’s happened I don’t see the point in it really.”

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