Nottingham Forest appear to be closing in on Steve Cooper – and that means former Derby County man Steve Rands could join him.

Forest parted ways with Chris Hughton on Thursday morning following a 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

Steven Reid took Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town, but he isn’t likely to land the job permanently.

Instead, Steve Cooper is the top choice for the job.

John Percy from The Telegraph claims that Forest have agree compensation with Swansea City for Cooper.


Cooper wants Steve Rands to join him at the City Ground, which would be a very interesting move.

Who is potential Forest addition Steve Rands?

Rands has had a lengthy career as a Performance Analyst, starting with Barnsley way back in 2007.

Rands then spent three years with Scunthorpe before a big move to Manchester City in 2011. That means he worked with Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium.

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Frank Lampard then lured Rands to Derby County in 2018, before moving on to join Cooper at Swansea a year later.

These analysts are becoming increasingly important in the modern game. Rands could bring real expertise to Forest if Cooper can land him.

Rands has worked with some of football’s biggest names, and that could make him a coup for Forest.

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