Nottingham Forest are lining up Rafa Benitez to replace Steve Cooper as a 4-0 defeat to Leicester pushes the Welshman to the brink.

According to The Telegraph, the Reds hierarchy are considering the former Newcastle man to replace Cooper.

Forest appointed former Magpies director Lee Charnley into an advisory role in the summer.

He still holds a strong relationship with Benitez and Forest could now be considering a change.

Forest lining up Benitez
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The Reds were second best throughout the contest as James Maddison bamboozled Forest during a big win for Leicester.

Benitez has been out of work since leaving Everton in January after just over six months at Goodison Park.

The Spaniard spent over three years at Newcastle and left with a win percentage of close to 43%.

He won 62 of his 146 matches in charge of the football club before leaving in June 2019.

Benitez does have a track record of winning things in the world of football and would arrive with quite a CV.

He’s won two La Liga titles, the Champions League and the Europa League during his time in management.

The 62-year-old is keen to get back into management and it’s thought he’d welcome a return with Forest.

Cooper’s fate hasn’t been decided just yet but it does look like being a very interesting few days.

Forest lining up Benitez

It’s hard to imagine this one going down too well among the fan base.

Forest would be replacing Cooper with a manager who has a track record of success but ultimately comes with a pragmatic approach.

The Reds might well give their current head coach one more game.

Forest lining up Benitez
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Aston Villa haven’t started the season particularly impressively and they come to the City Ground next.

Benitez, it would seem as already been sounded out though and questions need answering.

The uncertainty and speculation won’t help anyone and if Forest are going to act, it needs to be a smooth process to save the season.

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