Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has outlined his intentions as the club’s new first-team coach and England cricket star Stuart Broad has been reacting.
Cooper checked in on Trentside yesterday, taking training for the first time. Afterwards, he found time to pen a message to the club’s long-suffering supporters.
He suggested that he’d play entertaining football, try and win some matches and ultimately help Forest return to the Premier League.
In an emotional rallying cry to the Forest fan base, Cooper suggested that attack-minded football would be the order of the day and demanded the supporters stuck by him.
Forest need some TLC. The football under Chris Hughton was pragmatic to the point where it had become tedious and boring.
On very few occasions did Hughton look capable of making changes during a game that could help Forest claim vital points.
The hope will be that Cooper is more flexible when it comes to strategies and styles of play. Indeed, after his first comments since checking in as Forest boss, creative and attacking look like being the order of the day.
Despite Saturday’s win over Huddersfield, Forest still sit at the bottom of the Championship and Cooper knows there is work to do.
What has Broad said about Cooper’s Forest message?
The England fast bowler is clearly delighted with the appointment and he took to Twitter, to sum up his opening message to supporters with just one word.
Broad missed the majority of the recent test series against India with a troublesome calf but he is now on the mend.
In the meantime, there could be an opportunity for him to get down to the City Ground and see the new manager in his first game in charge.
Even if he doesn’t make the game, you can bet that Broad will be rooting for the team from afar this weekend.