Nottingham Forest first-team coach Steve Cooper has told the club’s official website what he has been up to during his mini-sabbatical from management.

Cooper left Swansea prior to the start of the 2021/22 campaign. In two seasons in Wales, he finished sixth and fourth, achieving back-to-back play-off campaigns.

The 41-year-old has replaced Chris Hughton at the City Ground. He spent a little under a year in charge, struggling to gain any real consistency during his time on Trentside.

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Cooper will aim to change that. He takes charge of Forest for the first time on Saturday against Millwall and he’s relishing the chance to get stuck into another managerial gig.


Since departing Swansea, Cooper has claimed that he’s been doing something a little bit different. The former England Under-17 boss has been working with the Football Association.

He told the club’s official website: “I’ve been to the City Ground, over the years and I’ve actually been to a game this season. I did a little bit of scouting for the FA whilst I was off, so I did come to one of the games at the start of the season.”

Forest in safe hands with Cooper at the helm

The more we read about or listen to Forest new head coach, the more this seems like an almost perfect fit.

Of course, the results will need to come but Cooper seems a meticulous man who will leave no stone unturned in the quest for success.

Placed on gardening leave by Swansea, the new Reds boss chose not to plant his geraniums or trim those overgrown shrubs and instead set off on a scouting mission.

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His eye for a player is immaculate too. Marc Guehi, Joe Rodon, Conor Gallagher, Rhian Brewster and Connor Robers have all gone on to play Premier League football after playing under Cooper.

Perhaps crucially, Forest’s boss has been keeping his eye in and he’ll be raring to go in the City Ground hot seat.

Three points on Saturday would get Cooper off to a flyer and his knowledge of the game looks to make him a sound appointment.

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