Colin Cooper clearly wants to be a manager. He has admitted as much, and admitted that he wanted to be considered for the City position when it became available. Earlier this week, all the noises pointed towards Cooper also departing the club though, with Parkinson bringing in his own man. However, Cooper is staying and it is a good thing for all at Valley Parade.
Cooper is an incredibly well qualified coach – he has all the qualifications up to his UEFA Pro License – required to manage at the very top level, and City couldn’t ask for a better coach. Cooper stepped into the breach when Peter Jackson departed last week to maintain a level of continuity and stability for the players and things couldn’t have gone better for the caretaker boss. He led City to their first win this season – an emphatic 4-2 victory and managed to see City through to the second round of the JPT, knocking out higher level opponents.
Since stepping up to the role of boss, the players seem to have begun playing as we were promised in pre season – getting the ball down more regularly, playing it around on the floor. The return to fitness of Ritchie Jones has had a big part in this, as in the games he has played since being fit, he has looked a class act. He never panics on the ball and always looks to do something productive with it.
Back to Colin Cooper though, paired now with Phil Parkinson, gives City a management team that fills me with confidence. It would have been easy for Parkinson to let Cooper go – seeing him as a threat to his position in the long run – but keeping him now means the club have a young, well respected, progressive management team; a pair who could really lay the foundations for the clubs improvement and perhaps dare I say it, long awaited climb back up the league.
Cooper will be able to pass on a greater knowledge of the squad to Parkinson, and together they will hopefully be able to mould a team capable of competing in this league.
I am delighted he is staying and I hope it proves to be a long, fruitful stay at the club.