Steve Cooper has been appointed as Nottingham Forest’s new manager following Chris Houghton’s sacking last week.
Houghton was sacked last Thursday (16 September) less than 24 hours after Forest extended their winless run in the Sky Bet Championship since mid-April to 13 matches, following defeat to Middlesbrough last Wednesday evening.
Cooper’s appointment however comes at a positive time after Forest’s winless Championship run ended at the weekend under caretaker manager – Steven Reid, with a 2-0 away win at Huddersfield.
Nottingham Forest Chief Executive, Dane Murphy spoke on the announcement of Cooper’s appointment as manager, describing the 41 year-old as “our first choice as head coach” and is “delighted” to have him on-board with acknowledgement of his “exceptional” record of developing young players.
Cooper joins Forest after the club agreed a compensation package with Swansea, despite the ex Swansea boss departing the Liberty Stadium via ‘mutual consent’ in July but the Welsh club were still paying him the wages in his contract on a monthly basis until June 2022.
Murphy though has praised Cooper for his strong record in England’s second tier, as he said: ““Steve knows what is required to be successful in the Championship and has a proven track record with Swansea.”
This summer has also seen Forest reduce their squad’s average age with youngsters like Joao Carvalho and Brennan Johnson having returned from successful loan spells, and now established in the first-team squad.
Murphy therefore believes that Cooper will be “the ideal coach to blend a team to start moving us up the table”, as the club currently sit rock bottom of the Championship for a fifth consecutive matchweek.
Cooper’s first match in charge of Forest will be at home to Millwall at the City Ground on Saturday 25 September in an untelevised 3:00pm BST kick-off.