Swansea City are close to appointing former Bangor City player Steve Cooper as their new manager.

Cooper, 39, began his playing career with Wrexham, but didn’t make any first team appearances, he played for Bangor City between 200-2002, making 57 appearances and scoring 3 goals. He also played for Bangor City in the UEFA Cup against FK Sartid Smederevo in 2002. Cooper also played for Rhyl, The New Saints and Porthmadog.

This will be the first opportunity for Cooper to manage a senior club side after previously working as Liverpool’s academy manager, where he coached Raheem Sterling, Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Having earned a UEFA Pro Licence at the age of just 27 and working as a key part of the academy set-up at Wrexham, Cooper was picked up by the Reds and arrived at Anfield as their under-12s coach in 2008 and was appointed as academy coach in 2011.

Cooper, took the England U16s managerial job in 2014, before taking charge of the England U17s a year later, winning the U17s World Cup with England in 2017.

Championship club Swansea see Cooper as a coach who can develop their young players, just as he has done with Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Phil Foden in the England set-up.

Swansea are expected to make a formal announcement later this week.

Photos: Steve Cooper winning the U17 World Cup (top) and with the Bangor City Team Photo (The Citizens Choice): Bangor City: Back Row (L-R) Lee Hunt, Warren Gibbs, Owain Tudur Jones, Steve Cooper, Phil Priestley, Paul Roberts, Eifion Jones, Huw Griffiths, Arwel, (Kit Man) Steve Owen