Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper takes charge of the Reds for the first time this weekend and we’ve looked at the vital statistics ahead of his City Ground bow.
Cooper has replaced Chris Hughton as the club’s new head coach. The 62-year-old left after under a year in charge last week, following six defeats in seven matches.
The former Swansea boss comes with a decent pedigree as being a top-class coach. He has only managed one club but did help the Swans into the play-offs in two successive seasons.
Apart from the obvious, what do we know about Cooper though? Ahead of his first game in charge of Forest, we looked at some statistics that might be of interest going into the new boss’ tenure.
The important statistics regarding Forest boss Steve Cooper:
How has Cooper fared against Forest?
Pretty well to be honest, although Forest did actually hand Cooper his first defeat managing in men’s football.
An Alfa Semedo goal brought an end to Swansea’s eight-match unbeaten run and gave Sabri Lamouchi a big victory.
That was really as good as it got for Forest against Cooper though.
The return game during 2019/20, saw the spoils shared after a four-goal thriller. Sammy Ameobi netting twice.
Cooper did have the final say though as his Swansea side pipped Forest to a play-off place.
Last season it was maximum points for the 41-year-old against the Reds – and he owes it all to Connor Roberts!
The right-back netted winning goals in both games against the Reds, with the Swans winning 1-0 twice.
Cooper’s team also battered Forest 5-1 in the FA Cup to set up a date with Manchester City in the fifth round.
Does Cooper typically hit the ground running?
Thankfully for Forest fans, he does have a decent record with getting off to a strong start.
Swansea won six of their first seven games under Cooper. Interestingly, they all came playing a 4-2-3-1 system. Over time the system did develop into a 3-4-3, however.
Cooper oversaw 74 games in charge of the England under-17 outfit and that started pretty well for him too.
The young lions lost just one of the first six games and even secured 8-0 and 5-0 wins over San Marino and Armenia respectively.
He managed the under-16 team just twice, securing one win and a defeat to Switzerland.
How has he coped up against Gary Rowett’s teams?
It will be the man famously mocked for his taste in footwear by Forest supporters in the opposite dugout on Saturday.
Cooper has come up against sides managed by Rowett on four occasions and it’s not bad news for the Reds faithful.
Millwall did beat Swansea 1-0 during the 2019/20 campaign, but the Forest boss has been unbeaten against him since.
The last outing saw Cooper’s Swansea demolish Millwall 3-0 at the New Den, with an attacking 4-3-3 providing a dream result.
Finally, how does Cooper perform against Derby?
Look away now Forest fans. In four games managing against Derby, Cooper has overseen just one win.
Thankfully that did come last time out, however. Swansea defeated Derby on the penultimate day of 2020/21 to leave the Rams clinging to their Championship status.
In three other games, Swansea lost twice and drew 0-0 when coming up against Derby with Cooper in charge.