Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has been named the Championship Manager of the Month for April and supporters won’t be happy with the timing.
The Welshman oversaw seven wins out of eight in April; with the only blemish coming during a 1-0 defeat to Luton Town on Good Friday.
Cooper has won the award for the first time since arriving at Forest. That alone seems quite surprising given the team’s remarkable rise up the division.
The Forest boss beat off competition from three other bosses. Carlos Corberan, Russell Martin and Gary Rowett were pipped to the post by Cooper.
Sadly, this will spark talks of an unwritten curse. The Manager of the Month accolade is often claimed will make the next win all the more order to come by.
Cooper will certainly hope that he doesn’t suffer a curse. Forest face two massive games with Sheffield United over the next five days with a Wembley date on the line.
Forest have won four, drawn one and lost the other of their last six games. The final two games scuppered plans of automatic promotion and the Reds must now prepare for a play-off campaign.
Forest boss Cooper named Manager of the Month and now he must avoid curse
This is a massive period of the season for Forest. It’s the first time the club has reached the play-offs for over a decade and they’ll want to seize the opportunity.
Cooper isn’t fazed by anything. Forest typically have a go in every single game they play and that’s unlikely to change for the play-off clashes.
The Manager of the Month curse isn’t a real thing but naturally, supporters will be annoyed that Cooper has won the award with two big games on the horizon.
The 42-year-old will see this award as a reason to be cheerful for the whole club and hopefully, it can send the Reds to Bramall Lane in good spirits.