SportMail told you first about Cooper

SportMail from December 9 2011

SportMail from December 9 2011

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IT was back on December 9, three days after the sacking of Mick Wadsworth, that SportMail told you Neale Cooper was in the running for the vacant managerial position.

We’d spoken exclusively to him before he had made any contact with the club and it was on our back page that he first declared his interest in returning to Victoria Park.

Fast forward three weeks and Cooper, having led the betting market in the wake of our story, has been installed as the new boss.

It has been a period which has thrown up a whole host of names, but Cooper always remained the number-one choice among supporters.