COOPER REJECTS BORO CHANCE
MARK COOPER has rejected the chance to become Stevenage manager – because he wouldn’t be allowed to bring his own man in to work alongside him.
Cooper, who led Swindon to the League One play-off final last term, watched League Two strugglers Boro lose at Wycombe last Saturday and took a call from chairman Phil Wallace on Sunday night.
However, after meeting the Lamex Stadium chief for talks on Tuesday, the 47-year-old turned the job down after discovering he would have to work alongside caretaker Darren Sarll without opportunity to add to the staff.
Cooper told The FLP: “It’s always nice to be approached and I want to work, but there were no promises for next season if I helped keep them up, and no funds to bring my own man in.
“I couldn’t risk going there on my own without knowing any of the staff, after the experience I had towards the end at Swindon with people working against me behind my back.”
Former academy boss Sarll has been at the helm since Teddy Sheringham was axed at the start of February, but four successive defeats without scoring had left them just one place above the relegation zone going into the weekend.
APPROACH: Mark Cooper