Nottingham Forest are keen making Steve Cooper their new manager after deciding to part ways with Chris Hughton earlier today.

That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that Cooper is on Forest’s radar for the job.

Cooper has been out of work since leaving Swansea City by mutual consent in July 2021.

Forest would now like to get him back into the game by bringing him to the City Ground.

Forest have confirmed the departure of Hughton after one point from seven Championship games.

Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough proved to be the final straw, and Forest are now yet again chasing a new boss.

Why would Forest want Cooper?

Cooper impressed in charge of Swansea, taking them to last season’s Championship play-off final. The Swans lost to Brentford though, missing out on promotion.

 

The Welshman won almost 45% of his games in charge of Swansea, preferring an attractive style of play.

Cooper also has a great background as a coach if Forest want to go down that route. 

Between 2014 and 2019, Cooper worked in the England setup with the Under-16’s and Under-17’s.

Plymouth Argyle v Swansea City - Pre season friendly
PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND – JULY 20: Steve Cooper Head Coach of Swansea City during the Pre season friendly match between Plymouth Argyle and Swansea City at Home Park on July 20, 2021 in Plymouth, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Before that, Cooper spent five years working at Liverpool. His coaching upbringing has been impressive, and that translated to results at Swansea.

Hughton was more of a manager than a head coach, but Cooper could lead Forest down the latter path.

Cooper’s biggest influence is former Barcelona B coach Jose Segura. The pair worked together at Liverpool and Cooper learned a lot from Segura.

Within Barcelona, you have historically been required to play attractive passing football – and Forest fans would surely love that after Hughton’s more attritional approach.

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