Is Steve Cooper about to be awarded the Manager of the Month accolade for March? If the EFL are reading, we want you to avoid rewarding the Nottingham Forest incumbent!
Forest made their move on the play-off pack last month. A draw at Sheffield United was followed by three successive wins; two in the Championship and one in the FA Cup.
The Reds’ only defeat came against Liverpool and even one of the best teams in world football only managed a 1-0 win against Forest!
As a result, it’s no surprise to see Cooper up for the monthly prize.
Cooper joins Steve Morison, Steve Bruce and Neil Critchley among the contenders. Djed Spence has also been nominated for Player of the Month.
There has always been a stigma regarding the Manager of the Month award coming with a curse.
Statistically, that isn’t always the case, but Forest could do without any bumps in the road between now and the end of the season; regardless of how minor they might be.
Morison saw his team pull clear of relegation trouble last month, whilst Critchley got his team back into play-off contention.
Bruce, despite a backdrop of criticism, oversaw a win over table-topping Fulham! Stop the count! Am I making a compelling enough case against Forest boss Cooper here?
Forest and Cooper can wait a month for accolades
It’s not like the EFL to hand praise out to Forest. Given that one of the places on the panel goes to a Sky Sports pundit, it’s perhaps even more surprising. I’m looking at you, Don Goodman…
Ultimately, Forest have timed their run to perfection. After getting into the play-off places last night, a top-six fate is now in their own destiny.
With that in mind, the plaudits can wait. Give Forest a month or two and the praise can gush; with the club hopefully reaching the Premier League for the first time in over two decades.
Dear the EFL, we’re happy slipping under the radar and Cooper doesn’t want your March accolade…