Brighton wants 44-year-old to replace Roberto De Zerbi

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Brighton & Hove Albion are accelerating their search for a new manager following the departure of Roberto De Zerbi, and Steve Cooper has emerged as the leading candidate, according to Mail Sport.

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Cooper, who has been unemployed since being dismissed by Nottingham Forest back in December, is determined to continue his career in the Premier League, and Brighton could provide the perfect opportunity.

Brighton’s hunt for De Zerbi’s successor has been thorough and focused. The Seagulls initially showed interest in Ipswich Town’s Kieran McKenna. However, McKenna’s commitment to Ipswich was cemented with a new contract extending until 2028, eliminating him from the running. This development has pushed Brighton to intensify their pursuit of Cooper.

Steve Cooper gesturing to the Nottingham Forest fans in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Steve Cooper wanted by Brighton and Championship clubs

Cooper has also been subject to pitches from both Burnley and Sheffield United after the pair suffered relegation back to the Championship. However, Brighton remain favourites for the Welshman at this time.

The Telegraph have also recently claimed Cooper has rejected approaches from the Clarets, with Frank Lampard now a top candidate to take the vacant role at Burnley.

Their recent performance in the Europa League, where they reached the last-16 stage before being eliminated by Roma, underlines their potential and the opportunities available for any incoming manager.

Cooper’s availability and eagerness to return to the dugout make him a compelling option for Brighton. The Seagulls are keen to secure a manager who can build on De Zerbi’s foundation and continue to drive the club forward.

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  1. Source: “…according to Mail Sport.” – Really?

    Did the Mail Sport journos, talk about how Brighton’s tactical success could be advanced by recruiting Cooper? If not, what made him the leading candidate?

    Reproducing this Mail click bait just adds fodder for the trolls

  2. No thank you. He’s a good championship manager that’s it but against premiership clubs he showed he’s tactically inept.

  3. youve got to be joking! What ever has happened to TB,s plan to search the world for a coach .It is all TB lies like the old days . TONY BLOOM OUT! It is his fault we didnt reach europa league because he would not let RDZ buy any players in january . Steve Cooper is going backwards and we certainly do not want Potter back . TB doesnt want success.

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