Nottingham Forest are set to confirm the appointment of Steve Cooper as the club’s new manager imminently, according to The Telegraph.
The Reds have been without a manager since last Thursday when Chris Hughton was sacked after just under a year in charge.
Forest have moved quickly to replace him. CEO Dane Murphy is thought to have landed his number one target with the appointment of the former England Under-17 head coach.
Cooper has been out of work since leaving Swansea prior to the 2021/22 campaign. He spent two seasons in Wales, finishing sixth and fourth, losing to Brentford in the play-offs on both occasions.
Forest have been forced into paying a fee for Cooper. He was only placed on gardening leave by the Swans and that means a compensation package is due to the Championship club.
The Telegraph understands that it has cost the Reds £500,000 to prise Cooper to the club; somewhat lower than the fee of £3 million which had been doing the rounds.
Cooper has experience working with younger players during his time spent in the England setup.
He has actually managed Forest talent Alex Mighten before and took to men’s football with aplomb during his two-year stay at Swansea.
Time for Forest fans to back Cooper
It might not be Chris Wilder or Eddie Howe but it’s time for the Reds fan base to get behind the new boss.
He is respected in the game and is only recently out of work at a club in the same division as Forest.
Swansea fans might be keen to blast his defensive football, but ultimately Brighton fans were quick to tell us how good we’d be under Hughton.
Cooper knows he will need to hit the ground running. Forest did win on Saturday but currently occupy 24th place in the Championship.
That certainly won’t do for Murphy and as a result, the new boss will need to get his feet under his desk quickly.
The beauty of this appointment is that it looks to have been Murphy’s choice. That, at least, should be one aspect that appeases the fan base.