Former Notts County chairman Alan Hardy says he’s surprised that Everton aren’t considering an approach for Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper.

The Toffees have this week confirmed Duncan Ferguson as the club’s new interim boss. Derby incumbent Wayne Rooney is among the favourites for the position on a permanent basis.

Everton sacked Rafa Benitez after they were beaten 2-1 by Norwich last weekend. It ended a short spell in charge and came on the back of one win in 13 matches.

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Cooper’s time at Forest are gone in contrasting fashion. The Reds have gone from the bottom of the Championship to within five points of a play-off place.

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With 20 games of the season remaining, the Reds are firmly in contention. Cooper has revied the team’s form and watching Forest is enjoyable for supporters once again.

Forest face Derby this weekend. Both teams are in fine form but the Rams need three points to try and stave off the threat of relegation.

For Forest, it’s another chance to get more points on the board and pile the pressure on the teams above them vying for a top-six place.

What has Hardy said about Forest boss Cooper?

Given his comments, it would seem as though he’s been impressed with the Reds head coach.

Everton is a massive football club and yet the former Magpies owner believes the Toffees should be asking questions about Cooper.

Forest won’t welcome that, although it does seem unlikely that the Reds will be receiving correspondence from Everton.

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Rooney has done some good work with Derby and as an Everton fan, he’s bound to be linked with the position.

If not the homegrown boy, Everton will likely go with someone more proven when it comes to managing in the Premier League.

Hardy has been pretty complimentary of the Forest head coach, however.

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