Nottingham Forest could plump for Steve Cooper as the club’s new manager should they wield the axe on Chris Hughton, The Athletic journalist Dan Taylor has told the NFFC Pod.
Last month, Chris Wilder was linked with the job. A report from The Sun claimed that the former Sheffield United manager would be interested in taking the position.
Hughton is under pressure at the City Ground. Forest haven’t won a league game since Easter Monday and have lost four of their five games during 2021/22.
Forest face six games in 20 days when football resumes and it looks like a make or break period for the Reds boss.
Taylor, a Forest supporting award-winning journalist, believes that former Swansea boss Cooper is perhaps more likely to get the gig ahead of Wilder.
He told the NFFC Pod: “The Chris Wilder stuff is a classic case of ‘media fluff’ that gets put out there. It was Alan Nixon from The Sun who reported it and it was almost like a job advert.
“Sometimes journalists will get calls from agents and almost ask for favours for their clients. So, this story goes out and it just snowballs. Forest never put his name out there.
“I think Wilder would be interested, but I also think several others would too. I’ve heard a couple of names and I must admit some of them were new to me.
“I think Steve Cooper has a better chance than Chris Wilder, put it that way. But, it would be a very long list of potential replacements.”
Would Cooper be an attractive proposition for Forest?
Right now, Hughton still has a job. With that in mind, it’s perhaps unfair to speculate about potential successors too much. Simply put, the current results haven’t been good enough and naturally, that will spark speculation.
Cooper has been out of work since leaving Swansea prior to the current campaign. He helped Swansea reach the play-offs during 2019/20, whilst last season the club went one better and reached the play-off final, losing to Brentford.
Typically he plays a 3-5-2 with emphasis places on his team remaining compact and creating chances for the players in the final third.
Some Swansea fans did criticise him for a lack of adventure within his strategy, although as a coach his ability isn’t remotely in question.
Hughton has come under fire for his inability to improve players through coaching. As a result, that is perhaps one area where Cooper would be deemed an upgrade.
Time will tell, but for now, Hughton lives to fight another day.