Steve Cooper has been appointed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest and he’s wasted little time in delighting the club’s long-suffering supporters.
The 41-year-old oversaw training for the first time yesterday. He will take charge of the Reds on Saturday when Millwall arrive on Trentside.
Cooper comes with a burgeoning reputation. He has coached various England youth teams and enjoyed relative success during his two years with Swansea.
Forest are currently bottom of the Championship, although Steven Reid did manage the Reds to a first win of the campaign at Huddersfield last week.
Cooper has some trusted lieutenants with him. Alan Tate and Steve Rands have both checked in from the Liberty Stadium, whilst Reid will also stay on.
Some fans had some reservations over the style of play that Cooper might utilise. Plenty feared that the club had appointed another pragmatic manager, akin to that of Chris Hughton.
Cooper’s opening message to the Forest supporters will have gone down a treat though, with the manager keen to quash any negative fears.
Speaking to the club’s official website, he said: “My approach to management throughout my time coaching in the junior and senior game has been to play attacking, creative football.
That will not change. From speaking to those who love Forest and hold dear its traditions and history, I recognise that this is a club that demands a style and a verve in keeping with its greatest days under its greatest manager.
I hardly need to tell you that this club have been out of English football’s top-flight for far too long.”
Cooper comments exciting for Forest fans
Fans simply need to love their football club and under Hughton’s management things had gone stale among the fan base. For too long, Forest have been served up rubbish on the pitch and supporters were at breaking point.
This message from Cooper is exactly what fans needed to hear. An arm around the shoulder from someone who is telling us that everything will indeed be okay.
Cooper won’t be able to wave a magic wand and he’ll be under no illusions as to what the task in hand is right now.
In the long-term, this looks like it could be an exciting appointment though and Forest and Cooper could prove to be a match made in heaven.