Nottingham Forest have announced that Steve Cooper is the new first-team head coach and CEO Dane Murphy has spoken of his delight following the appointment.
Cooper oversaw back-to-back top-six finishes during his time at Swansea. He departed prior to the 202“`1/22 campaign after two full seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium.
Cooper has experience of working with the England setup with the under-16 and under-17 ranks, boasting a reputation for developing players.
Murphy hasn’t been in his City Ground role for long but he’s been a busy man. Chris Hughton was handed his papers last week after a run of zero wins in seven matches this season.
He’s moved pretty quickly to replace the outgoing incumbent and he’s delighted to have landed his number one target.
Murphy told the club’s official website: “Steve was our first choice as head coach and we are delighted to have secured his services. His record of developing young talent is exceptional.
“Steve knows what is required to be successful in the Championship and has a proven track record with Swansea.
“We have reduced the age of our squad over the summer and Steve is the ideal coach to blend a team to start moving us up the table.
“We welcome Steve to our club and look forward to providing every support he needs to be successful at Nottingham Forest.”
Has Murphy done the right thing for Forest and what are Cooper’s priorities?
The players should have regained some confidence with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield so that might not be a problem.
Finding the way to goal on a more frequent basis would certainly help Forest. They scored nowhere near enough times last season and more goals is a must.
With Forest still rooted to the foot of the Championship table, it’s important the Reds go on a little run.
If they can do that and pull clear of the relegation zone as quickly as possible, the team could really start to thrive under the new manager.
Time will tell whether Murphy has struck gold with his latest Forest call.