Ian Holloway has delivered his verdict on Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper after the Reds thrashed Blackpool 4-1.

The former Tangerines manager was a pundit on the live coverage of Saturday’s game and raved about the manager following.

Forest won thanks to goals from Philip Zinckernagel and Sam Surridge either side of a brace for 14-goal star Brennan Johnson.

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The result edged Forest close to the top-six and Cooper’s men now have nine games to get themselves in the mix.

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Holloway believes the work done by Cooper shouldn’t go under the radar and he’s been mightily impressed with the Welsh boss.

The former Premier League manager told Sky Sports: “I have to say, Steve Cooper deserves massive credit. Fulham are running away with things but if you look at when Steve came in…after eight games they were bottom of the league.

“He’s got to be Manager of the Year already. If they can get in the play-offs and do something, it’d be outstanding.

“It’s great to see as well. As a bunch of supporters, they stayed and clapped my team many years ago. I’ve always remembered that. They’ve got a wonderful team now.

Holloway is right, Forest boss Cooper deserves respect

It’s been quite something watching Forest climb the league table under the stewardship of Cooper. They have jumped from the bottom of the table all the way into play-off contention.

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In large, it’s the same set of players that were underperforming so badly under Chris Hughton. One aspect of the transformation is that Cooper has improved every single player with his meticulous coaching methods.

Confidence is currently sky high and on current form, nobody will fancy facing Forest in the lottery of the play-offs.

Cooper might not get Manager of the Year but he does deserve some recognition for the superb work he’s done with the current group of players.

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