Steve Cooper Appointed Nottingham Forest Head Coach

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Nottingham Forest have appointed Steve Cooper as the club’s new head coach.

The former Swansea City boss takes over with the club rock bottom of the Championship table.

He replaces Chris Hughton, who was dismissed after losing six of his first seven league games of the 2021/22 campaign.

Steve Cooper Replaces Chris Hughton as Nottingham Forest Head Coach

The Only Way Is up for Forest as Steve Cooper Takes Charge

Sitting bottom of the league, Nottingham Forest can only look up. Their fortunes turned around at the weekend following Hughton’s exit, interim boss Steven Reid guided the side to a first win of the season, a 2-0 victory at Huddersfield Town on Saturday, September 18.

Steve Cooper has been the first choice for Forest since their decision to part ways with Hughton and last night it was reported they agreed a compensation fee with Swansea City of around £500k.

Cooper took Swansea to the play-offs last season, losing out on promotion to Brentford in the final, following a fourth-place finish.

He will take training this morning ahead of Saturday’s tricky game against Millwall.

Strong Credentials

Cooper was previously manager at Liverpool‘s academy before spells with the England youth set-up that saw him guide the U17s to the 2017 European Champi0nship final, losing to Spain on penalties.

He also guided Swansea to two consecutive play-off appearances. He left the Liberty Stadium by mutual consent in July 2021.

With an ever-growing managerial list over the years, Nottingham Forest will hope that he is the man to deliver a sense of stability and progress at the club.

Forest Offer Steve Cooper Their Full Backing to Success

Nottingham Forest chief executive Dane Murphy told nottinghamforest.co.uk: “Steve was our first choice as head coach and we are delighted to have secured his services. His record of developing young talent is exceptional.

“Steve knows what is required to be successful i9n the Championship and has a proven track record with Swansea.

“We have reduced the age of our squad over the summer and Steve is the ideal coach to blend a team to start moving us up the table.

“On behalf of the owner and the board, we welcome Steve to the club and look forward to providing every support he needs to be a success at Nottingham Forest.”

Cooper will finally get the opportunity to work with Manchester United youngster James Garner, who is on loan at the City Ground, after long being linked with signing him during his spell at Swansea City.

 

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