Steve Cooper has chosen to step down as head coach of Swansea, the championship club has confirmed.
Cooper, 41, was named Swansea boss in the summer of 2019 and guided the Welsh side to the Championship play-offs during his two seasons in charge.
A club statement said: “Swansea City can confirm that head coach Steve Cooper has decided to leave the club.
Cooper had 12 months left on the three-year contract he signed when he arrived at Liberty Stadium in the summer of 2019.
“Despite the club’s efforts to start a dialogue regarding a contract extension, it was later agreed by the two sides to go their separate ways before the 2021-22 season.”
Cooper was linked with vacancies at Crystal Palace and West Brom earlier this summer, but those two roles have now been filled.
His departure comes with Swansea’s championship season opener – at Blackburn Rovers on August 7 – just 17 days away.
Cooper said: “I’m very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past two seasons, especially reaching the play-offs final, but now is the right time for all parties to make a change.
“It’s a fantastic club, with incredible supporters and I am very grateful to them, the players and all the staff for making me so welcome here. I wish the team every success for the future. . “
Cooper was in the dugout for Tuesday’s friendly victory over Plymouth, the club’s next preseason game due to face the Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Swansea general manager Julian Winter said: “We believe this conclusion is in the best interest of the club with a new season in just over two weeks.
“This decision was made amicably two weeks ago, and I want to express my thanks to Steve for taking the preseason and for his professionalism while this process was resolved.
“During his two years at the helm, Steve immersed himself in the club and continuously improved our position in the league while giving young players a first-team opportunity.
“It has been well documented that since the club left the Premier League the financial situation was one which meant the club needed to be much more sustainable and we are happy that so many young players have come here and been offered this opportunity by Steve and his coaching staff.
“Just like the playing team, when a manager has 12 months left on the contract, there has to be a coherent plan that allows the club to continue to develop on and off the pitch, and that involves a dialogue around the players. contracts.
“We felt as a club that the situation needed clarity and with a new season looming, the mutual nature of this decision gives both sides a chance to move forward.”
Cooper began his coaching career at Wrexham Academy, before moving to Liverpool and then taking charge of the England Under-17 team, which he led to a World Cup victory. under 17 in 2017.
Swansea will enter the new season without some key players from their previous campaign, with Andre Ayew gone, along with lenders Freddie Woodman and Marc Guehi.
Cooper led Swansea to the Championship play-off final by beating Barnsley in the semi-finals, but his side were beaten 2-0 by Brentford at Wembley.