TalkSPORT pundit Simon Jordan has launched an astonishing attack on the Nottingham Forest players, claiming they cheated Chris Hughton and they’ll do the same to Steve Cooper.

Forest parted with Hughton last month. A run of winless games saw him fall on his sword, with the Reds making the change after a 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

Cooper was quickly installed as the new head coach and has overseen two wins and a draw since checking in.

The 41-year-old has unleashed Forest’s attacking potential and the Reds have scored seven goals during his three games in charge.

Chris Hughton
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Hughton never took Forest any higher than 14th in the table. If Forest beat Blackpool in their first game after the international break, they could rise to 13th.

The signs look positive for Cooper but Jordan thinks that disaster could be around the corner for the new boss.

He thinks the Forest squad have let Hughton down and jumped to the defence of the respectable manager.

He told TalkSPORT: “You’re moving into a territory of an observation that suggests the players were cheating the last manager. That’s a charge that can be put against the players.

“You could also say that the previous manager was unable to raise them to the level they needed to be at, that’s why you make the change.

“I saw one of the games and the goalkeeper basically threw one in against someone like Middlesbrough; they were shocking, they just weren’t playing for him.

“There’s a moral issue here. The players are capable of turning it on for another manager.

“Steve Cooper will still have the same problem. If he’s got a bunch of cheats in that dressing room prepared to cheat one manager, there will come a time when they cheat another one.”

Jordan is a master pundit but his Forest take is poor

What a ludicrous set of quotes from a man as educated as Jordan.

The former Crystal Palace chairman has stuck the knife firmly into the Forest squad and frankly, it’s uncalled for.

Jordan would be wise to go back and watch each of Hughton’s 53 games in charge and then ask the question of whether the squad has cheated Hughton again.

Chris Hughton
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His substitutions were baffling, his style of play boring and he never really seemed enthralled to be at the City Ground.

It’s time for pundits to stop sticking up for their mates and focus on facts.

Hughton is long gone and in three games, Forest already look better with Cooper in the hot seat.

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