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Steve Cooper is set to leave his post as head coach of Swansea City.
The 41-year-old has already entered the final year of his contract with the club, although he is now likely to depart prior to the 2021/22 campaign.
It comes after Cooper had been heavily linked with the vacancies at Crystal Palace and Fulham before Patrick Vieira and Marco Silva landed the roles at Selhurst Park and Craven Cottage respectively.
Despite the intense speculation, the club had continued to prepare for the new season as though Cooper would remain at the helm.
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However, fans have been left concerned over the lack of public communication from Cooper since their 2-0 play-off final loss to Brentford at Wembley in May.
The Swans were afforded additional time off due to their 2020/21 play-off exploits before returning for pre-season at their Fairwood training base on Saturday, July 3.
Players were put through their paces in a five-day training camp at Surrey's Pennyhill Park before their firstdue to ongoing issues at the League Two club.
The Swans played two 60-minute matches against Newport County at Spytty Park following the collapse of the Swindon fixture, with Cooper's side running out 1-0 and 4-0 winners.
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They took on Michael Flynn's side once again earlier this month. A brace from Liam Cullen along with goals from Ben Margetson, Yan Dhanda and Joel Latibeaudiere secured the Swans an emphatic 5-0 triumph over the Exiles.
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And following the fixture in south Wales, Cooper publicly spoke about his side for the first time since their play-off defeat to Brentford on May 29. You can read his comments in full
But Swansea have now been left in limbo as they are poised to be in the hunt for a new manager with little more than two weeks to go until their season opener against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Saturday, July 7.
The club made attempts to enter dialogue over new deal for Cooper after the play-off loss to Brentford, although a concrete offer never materialised.
The head coach is now poised to have his contract terminated by mutual consent.
It comes after he addressed the speculation surrounding his future on Tuesday night.
Cooper was named as Graham Potter's successor in the summer of 2019 and has led the club to back-to-back top six finishes in the Championship.
The former England youth coach won 47 of his 105 matches in charge, drawing 28 and losing 30.
He oversaw a 2-1 pre-season win against Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.
The Swans are hopeful of confirming Cooper's successor ahead of their league opener at Blackburn.
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