Graeme Souness had suggested he feels an element of sympathy for Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper. He’s also claimed that the iconic Brian Clough would never have accepted a summer where 22 new players arrived at the club.

We’re here again, aren’t we? A former player, now turned pundit, sticking his nose into the situation at Forest. This is obviously one of the cons of the Premier League in the modern era and with the greatest of respect, football has changed since Clough’s pomp.

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Souness in fairness does cite the number of loan players Forest had last season. Still, he suggests that with the £150 million that Forest spent, they should have gone out and signed maybe six or seven players to fill the squad.

Given that over 20 departed the club, that would have left Forest way behind. Cooper would have had about 13 senior players at his disposal and then he’d be filling column inches saying that after 23 years away from the Premier League, the club could have at least had a go.

Souness offers sympathy to Cooper

Now, Souness has expressed a sympathetic tone towards Cooper. He’s the man tasked with getting 22 new players singing from the same hymn sheet and he’s claimed Clough would never had welcomed that many new recruits in one go.

He told the Daily Mail: “There’s not a chance that Clough would accepted any of them. He was a manager in the full meaning of the word. Clough managed and controlled virtually every aspect of the football club. He also did all the talking.

” It’s hard to imagine him operating at the modern Forest. No sooner had Steve Cooper completed the incredible job of taking the team from the foot of the Championship to the Premier League, their excitable owner was declaring the club had to be ‘ready for trophies.’

“Clough would have been telling Marinakis to calm down and leave the football sphere to him. If I had been Cooper, I would have said, ‘Spend £150 million on six or seven top players.'”

Souness needs to realise things have changed

Signing six or seven top players was never going to work. Forest had too many gaps to fill and the morale of the story is to perhaps avoid winning promotion to the Premier League with so many loan players making up the squad.

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It’s such a lazy take to suggest that Forest signed too many. In the end, maybe a couple or three of the additions were too many but 18 or 19 was always going to be the figure, even from a very early stage in the summer.

If Forest can avoid relegation this season, perhaps then the message for next summer will be one that involves adding six or seven players of real quality.

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