Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has fought off competition to claim the Manager of the Year award from the Midlands Football Writers’ Association.

The Reds boss has overseen a remarkable transformation; with Forest looking to cement a place in the play-offs despite sitting bottom when he took over.

Forest have won six of their last seven Championship games and thrashed West Brom 4-0 at the City Ground on Monday night.

Cooper collected eight wins from 15 matches when he first checked in to replace Chris Hughton on Trentside, losing just once during that time.

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The confidence that he’s instilled into this group of players is admirable and nobody will fancy facing the Reds in the play-offs if they do get there.

Forest also enjoyed a stunning FA Cup run. Cooper masterminded wins over Arsenal, Leicester and Huddersfield before narrowly losing to Liverpool in the quarter-final.

In a further sign of the type of man that Cooper is, he penned a letter to all Midlands Football writers thanking them for the award.

Forest face Peterborough on Saturday. If they win and Millwall and Middlesbrough both lost, the Reds will confirm a play-off place with four games still to play.

With Cooper in the dugout, it’s an exciting time to be a Forest fan and some of the football being played is a joy to behold.

Cooper thoroughly deserves award for Forest transformation

Quite simply, Cooper just gets Forest. Since he came in he’s not only talked the talk but he’s shown that he can walk the walk too.

Cooper has been a breath of fresh air at Forest. He resonates with the supporters and speaks as though he’s immensely proud to work for the club.

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His award comes at a time when the season is drawing to a close. For Forest, however, there is so much more football left to play and it’s a really exciting time.

The hope will be that the club can get their hands on a few more prizes before the season is out.

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