Neil Harris has thrown his weight behind Steve Cooper to be a success at Nottingham Forest during an interview with Sky Sports.

Cooper was unveiled by the Reds yesterday and the incumbent took training for the first time as the Forest head coach.

Chris Hughton was sacked last week. He oversaw just 14 wins in 53 matches in all competitions and fell on his sword after a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough at the City Ground.

Harris has managed Millwall and Cardiff City. He is currently out of work after a pretty unsuccessful spell with the Bluebirds.

The former striker played for the Reds, again with limited success. He scored just once in the Garibaldi despite playing 33 games for the club.


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Despite that, he thinks Forest might have struck gold with the appointment of Cooper.

He told Sky Sports: “Coops is a really good guy, a really nice fella and really well-respected in the changing room.

“He comes across very well in the press – I saw Steven Reid took the team on Saturday and played a 3-4-3 formation and I expect Coops to play something similar to that.

“It may be something slightly different to what Chris Hughton has done and perhaps he’ll give people an opportunity who have been on the fringes or not had an opportunity this season a chance.

“The last two seasons at Swansea he got them into the play-off positions and it’s a great achievement for him so I think it’s a good fit.”

Will Cooper be a good fit for Forest?

We can only hope that this is the one. Forest’s fascination with swapping managers in the past has made speed dating blush!

Far too many have come and gone.

Admittedly Hughton deserved to go. The players were short on confidence and putting two passes together would be met with a sarcastic cry of ‘Olé’.

Likewise Sabri Lamouchi. He nearly got the club into the play-offs, although the hangover from missing out proved catastrophic.

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Martin O’Neill, Aitor Karanka, Mark Warburton and Philippe Montanier all departed in pretty quick time.

Cooper’s methods aren’t something that will work overnight. At Swansea, there was a clear project and that must be the strategy at Forest.

With Dane Murphy and Cooper on the same page, the Reds could have a match made in heaven.

Patience must now be a virtue for Forest.

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