Mike Marsh rejected the chance to join the Nottingham Forest backroom staff when Steve Cooper was appointed – but he’s now accepted a Championship position.

The former Liverpool coach worked with Cooper at Anfield and also during his time at Swansea City.

It was anticipated that he may link up with the Forest head coach when he accepted the position at the City Ground.

The reason at the time wasn’t stated. It could, however, have something to do with the 41-year-old’s decision to keep Steven Reid at the club.

An ex-West Brom and Blackburn midfielder, Reid was brought to Forest by Chris Hughton but impressed Cooper enough to be kept on.


Forest Marsh
(Photo; Athena Pictures; Getty Images)

If Marsh was unhappy about not getting a gig at Forest, he hasn’t had to wait long to be handed a Championship opportunity.

On Tuesday, he was announced as the new assistant manager to Ryan Lowe who has taken the job at Preston North End.

The Lilywhites parted company with Frankie McAvoy over the weekend.

As a result, they move quickly to appoint Lowe who had led Plymouth Argyle into contention for promotion.

Forest defeated Preston 3-0 last month and the Reds are five places higher in the league.

Forget Marsh: Cooper should be happy with Forest backroom staff

Despite not getting Marsh to join the club, Cooper did still land plenty of staff members who he’s worked with previously.

Alan Tate, Stephen Rands and Danny Alcock all arrived and Reid compliments them nicely.

Forest Marsh
(Photo; Athena Pictures; Getty Images)

Cooper has clearly put good people in place.

Forest have been beaten just once in 14 games since he took charge and the Reds haven’t lost away from the City Ground since August.

It’s a trip to Swansea for Cooper on Saturday and boy would he love to win that one!

Have something to tell us about this article?