Newcastle United are on the verge of a takeover and it’s a good thing Nottingham Forest got Steve Cooper tied to a contract quickly.

The Magpies are set to end 14 years of hell under Mike Ashley. Saudi Arabia investors are set to complete a £300 million takeover with Amanda Staveley as part of the process.

Back in 2019 when Staveley was first linked with purchasing Newcastle, she was reportedly desperate to appoint Cooper as the new under-23 manager.

That role might have suited the Forest head coach. At the time, he hadn’t ever been given a men’s managerial role and the Newcastle gig might have suited.

Newcastle takeover
Staveley wanted Cooper at Newcastle; Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Shortly after the links, he was given the job at Swansea. There he led the team to the play-offs two years on the trot, achieving fourth and sixth-place finishes.

Cooper is now in the hot seat on Trentside. Forest have been transformed under his stewardship, winning twice and drawing one of his first three games.


In a short space of time, the 41-year-old has taken the Reds from the bottom of the league to 17th place.

With everything going on at Newcastle – and Staveley set to be involved – it seems Forest made their move at just the right time!

Would Newcastle have appealed to Forest boss Cooper?

At the time it may well have done. He’d have been looking to progress and that might have alerted the man who worked wonders with the England youth teams.

Now, in hindsight, it’s perhaps a good thing Cooper didn’t take charge of the Newcastle under-23 outfit. He has taken really well to men’s football and looks like a great coach.

Nottingham Forest v Millwall - Sky Bet Championship
(Photo; Jon Hobley; MI News; NurPhoto; Getty Images)

Cooper is already working his magic on the Forest squad. The team looks confident and over the last two weeks have played some lovely football.

With that in mind, Forest look to be in good hands and their gain is perhaps Newcastle’s loss.

Have something to tell us about this article?