Nottingham Forest appointed Steve Cooper as their new manager this afternoon. He replaces Chris Hughton and Cooper’s former player Andre Ayew previously came out with some interesting comments.
The Forest hot seat has typically proved to be a poisoned chalice, a graveyard for managers in some sense. Cooper will hope that he can break that tradition over the next two years.
Cooper, 41, will see his initial remit as steering the club away from the foot of the Championship table. His first game in charge will be at the City Ground against Millwall on Saturday.
Ayew’s comments from July 2020 will make for interesting reading. He was asked about the new Forest boss and what he was like to work with.
The former Swansea striker told BBC Sport: “I’m impressed by the gaffer and his staff. They have done a great job and it’s not easy when it’s your first year and you have a lot of young players around.
“He has the quality and you can see we have an identity and style of play. His message is coming across well and I’m happy to have met and worked with him. He’s got great ideas and he’s going to be a big manager in the future.”
Ayew comments make for exciting reading for Forest fans
The striker was a mainstay in the Swansea team under Steve Cooper. In 141 appearances for the club, he scored 47 goals and registered 19 assists.
He moved to Al-Saad in the summer and has found the net once in two appearances for his new outfit.
What is perhaps interesting about these previous comments is that Cooper will arrive with a clear intention of how he wants Forest to play.
His outlook on football might take some time to get across but ultimately an identity has been badly needed for years.
Forest have little time to waste and Saturday’s win against Huddersfield needs to be just the catalyst for the team to kick on.
Ayew’s comments definitely bring music to the ears of any sceptical Forest supporters and the Cooper era could be an exciting one.