Following the sacking of Chris Hughton on Thursday, Steve Cooper is a top contender to replace him as Nottingham Forest manager.
The 41-year-old has admirers in the City Ground boardroom and is currently unemployed after leaving Swansea by mutual consent in July. Hughton’s job was hanging by a thread, according to Sportsmail on Wednesday.
Cooper’s expertise of young players and ability to enhance them is reported to have piqued Forest’s interest. In each of the last two seasons, he has taken Swansea to the Championship play-offs, as well as an England Under-17 group that included Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden, and Callum Hudson-Odoi to World Cup glory four years ago.
Forest have had their worst start to a season in 108 years, and they are currently bottom of the Championship with only one point from their first seven games. Hughton’s final straw came when they were trounced 2-0 at home by Middlesbrough on Tuesday, causing enraged fans to turn on the manager and the board.
Along with the bad results, there are rumours of behind-the-scenes squabbles between Hughton and the Forest leadership about the club’s transfer policy, as well as player discontent.
Source: Daily Mail