Cooper | Marsh a major asset for Swansea City

24th June 2019
First team

Steve Cooper believes Mike Marsh’s top-level experience as a player and a coach will be a major asset to Swansea City.

Marsh, 49, has followed head coach Cooper from the Football Association to the Liberty Stadium, taking up the role of assistant first-team coach.

The former midfielder and defender made over 100 appearances for Liverpool, and also played for West Ham and Coventry City in the top flight.

After making the switch to coaching, Marsh was part of Brendan Rodgers’ first-team coaching staff at Anfield, and went on to join David Wagner at Huddersfield before his move to the FA.

And head coach Cooper is delighted to be working alongside Marsh once again in South Wales, and believes their working relationship can help them hit the ground running.

“Mike and I have worked together for a long while, he has huge experience as a Premier League player, as well as a Premier League and Champions League coach,” said Cooper.

“In addition, he brings experience of the Championship from his time at Huddersfield with David Wagner.

“So, not only can we look to hit the ground running with the way we want to work in terms of the coaching and playing methodology, but we also have trust in each other.

“I am delighted to have him onboard, I believe the club have made a great appointment in Mike and I hope we can carry on working strongly together.”

Marsh is the first confirmed member of Cooper’s backroom staff, and the 39-year-old hopes to confirm further additions in due course.

“We need to bring a few more staff members in, but there are good members of staff already here at the training ground and the stadium,” he added.

“The medical team, for example, is an established and high-performing one and we’ve had some productive meetings already.

“But it’s about working together, the most important thing in all of this is the football club. We have to build on what’s already in place and look forward.”