Steve Cooper will take Nottingham Forest training this morning. He will be officially unveiled later today, with Alan Tate and Steve Rands joining the coaching staff.
According to The Athletic, however, Martyn Margetson won’t be heading to the City Ground. He has been offered an increased role in the England setup and will remain with the Football Association.
It is thought that Cooper was the first choice of Dane Murphy to replace Chris Hughton. The 62-year-old was handed his papers after last week’s 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Cooper has overseen two play-off campaigns with Swansea. His team were beaten by Brentford on both occasions, with last season’s defeat coming in the Play-Off Final.
The man who has previously coached England under-16s and under-17s comes with a reputation as a talented coach and one with expertise in nurturing young players.
Forest have an abundance of young talent within the squad right now. The challenge for the new manager is to assess the squad and start to polish a few of the rough diamonds.
Tate and Rands both worked with Cooper at Swansea. The former Swans defender Tate has enjoyed some fierce battles with Forest over the years but will now be in the Reds’ dugout.
Rands is an interesting appointment. The analyst has worked alongside Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
He also spent time with Derby County in 2018, although he joined Cooper at Swansea after just a year at Pride Park.
Is Cooper a positive appointment for Forest?
Fresh ideas, a new strategy and a manager who coaches players to become better. Seriously, what’s not to like?
Some will point to the fact that his style at Swansea often involved scoring one goal but ultimately he has to be given a chance.
Forest have a talented squad and right now the team just needs some confidence instilling into it.
Ultimately it’s a results-based business and Cooper will need to start winning some football matches.
This does look like an appointment that aligns nicely with Murphy’s way of operating though and that can only bode well.