Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has explained to Nottinghamshire Live why he almost didn’t celebrate yesterday’s win in trademark style.
Cooper has become accustomed to a trio of fist pumps in the direction of the Forest faithful since he arrived at the club.
Yesterday, however, the win saw Peterborough relegated to League One; with Cooper unsure whether to go over the top on their home turf.
The Forest head coach is a humble man. He wouldn’t have wanted to rub salt into the wounds of Grant McCann; a manager that he had lots of praise for come full time.
Cooper did have a little moment with the Forest faithful. The trademark fist pump was evident as he embraced the Reds travelling support at the full-time whistle.
His decision took some time to think about, however, and he almost broke tradition in respect for his opposite number.
He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I know I’ve celebrated with the fans, and I ummed and ahhed whether to do it. They pay a lot of money to come and support us so you have to respect your own.
“Of course, you want to come and win and Grant will understand that.
“At the same time, when you’ve got good people like Grant and his staff then you do want to show a bit of respect.”
Forest boss Cooper right to celebrate with fans
The Reds boss was absolutely right to celebrate yesterday’s win with a trademark fist pump. The players worked their socks off and the fans travelled in their droves to London Road.
It’s unfortunate that Posh have gone down but ultimately that’s based on a full season and not solely on yesterday’s contest.
Cooper appreciates the Forest fan base and he probably senses that something special is brewing at the City Ground.
There was no time for sentiment yesterday and supporters will have left happy in the knowledge that Cooper didn’t let them down with regards to a celebration at the end.