The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

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

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