Some timelines from the circus at the Liberty Stadium.
From what we do know from the more reputable journos and the actions of our owners via Julian Winter is that Cooper was touting himself around the clubs before and after the Play Off final, so there was a justifiable case for Winter to seek compensation. The figure of around £4M was no doubt claimed to be too high, neither Palace, Fulham wanted to pay it and time was wasted before the club reluctantly came to a financial agreement for Cooper to leave.
Did Eustace change his mind because of what some journos are saying for personal reasons, was an increase in his salary at QPR too good to turn down, or did Mark Warburton offer advice to Eustace. Whatever discussions Eustace had, and accepted from Winter was days before the journos were revealing Eustace was going to be announced as the new head coach, while I would tend to think that whatever offer Eustace was given by Winter it was unlikely to have changed.
Until the periods when Palace and Fulham had engaged a head coach what Winter should have done is communicate with the fans and indicate what the situation was but failing to do so has made himself(his first real test of his competency) fail miserably at the first hurdle. Keeping quiet about clubs chasing Cooper has done them no favours and yes, Winter was correct in asking for compensation to reimburse the club should Cooper take 3 or 4 staff with him, but to say absolutely nothing makes a huge statement of his communication capabilities as CoE.
Grimes and Roberts have turned down new deals and are out of contract next summer, so, in Grimes’s case do the club gamble and wait until the window closes to get more than what Fulham have offered, or wait until January. Bearing in mind any sell on clause when we signed him from Exeter, realistically, how much more could we expect if we hung on to the last days of this window and also keeping an unhappy player in the matchday squad?
The hunt for a new head coach goes on and my initial thoughts were not that good about Cam Toshack being offered the role but would he be any worse than Jody Morris?
Toshack and Rangel possibly?