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SWINDON TOWN: Money isn't everything, claims Cooper
THEY may have the luxury of a £16million parachute payment, but it would be foolish to say Wolves should walk League One this season - according to Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper.
Following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2011/12 campaign, the Molineux side were given the financial cushion of £40million spread out over three years to ease their fall.
That they then plummeted straight through the Championship last term meant the former FA Cup winners are now one of the biggest forces financially in the English third tier.
Despite their millions, however, and a talent pool deeper than most clubs in the lower leagues could ever dream of, Cooper stressed that Wolves have no God-given right to stroll to the title.
He told the Advertiser: “You can’t ever say should. Should Yeovil have got promotion to the Championship last year? No. But they did.
“With the money comes added pressure and playing at home, if they’re not winning early on the pressure comes because people do expect them to walk it.
“If you take them pound for pound they’ve probably got the best squad. With the manager they’ve got they’ll get very close.
“They’ve not gone out and really spent it. He’s brought some younger players through from the development group, he’s kept (Kevin) Doyle, (Bakary) Sako, Leigh Griffiths has come back from Hibernian.
“They’ve not gone out and blasted it on more players. They’ve used what they’ve got. If you’ve got it, spend it. Good luck to them.”
Kenny Jackett’s side are unbeaten in the league this term, despite an embarrassing slip-up at Morecambe in the Capital One Cup.
And even though they drew 2-2 with Walsall last time out, Cooper is wary that there is never a good time to make the trip to the West Midlands.
“They went to Port Vale and won 3-1 in their previous league game so I don’t think there is ever a right time to play a club like Wolves when they’re at our level,” he said.
“We know we have to be fully ready and everybody has to be at the top of the game to be able to get something at Wolves.
“You’re talking about Kevin Doyle, Leigh Griffiths, Sako, Sam Ricketts - internationals. Let’s get it right - they’ve got some very good players, they’ve got an outstanding manager who’s proven at every level but we want to go and make it a day we enjoy.
“Wolves are a fantastic team and they’ve made a great start, but we’re going to go there and play.”
Alex Smith continues to miss out for Swindon with a bruised shin while Nathan Byrne begins a three-match ban following his dismissal at MK Dons.
Nicky Ajose is likely to start on the right of midfield, while Harry Agombar has been ruled out after turning his ankle in midweek.
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