It’s been quite the 24 hours for Nottingham Forest.
No sooner had the Reds been beaten 4-0 at Leicester, than Rafa Benitez was being linked as a possible replacement for Steve Cooper.
The disrespect is shocking.
Cooper led the Reds to the Premier League last season, despite sitting bottom of the Championship when he took over.
Now, five straight defeats apparently leave him vulnerable.
Natrually, such a run of form in modern football is likely to spell danger but this is a different situation.
Cooper defied the odds, he brought back the feel-good factor and his stock couldn’t be higher.
Not only that but the Reds head coach has 22 new players to try and fit into his system and that’s not exactly a welcome recipe.
Influential trio come under fire
Cooper isn’t the only one under scrutiny.
Evangelos Marinakis appears hellbent on making someone a fallguy and three others are under fire.
According to the Daily Mail, CEO Dane Murphy, Head of Recruitment George Syrianos and Head of Scouting Andy Scott, are all under the microscope.
It’s not inconceivable that all of them leave this week.
If that does happen then this mini slump really does become a full-blown crisis on Trentside.
Murphy leaving is perhaps the most worrying situation – even more so than Cooper.
The American figure was responsible for bringing the head coach to the club and he should be the one identifying the next manager.
Benitez in the frame
This is madness.
The Spaniard is well past his sell-by date and this appointment smacks of appointing a sizeable name just for the sake of it.
He was dreadful at Everton and throughout his career, he’s often brought baggage to most clubs he’s been at.
Thankfully, it wouldn’t appear that anything is close.
Benitez is thought to fancy a return to the Premier League at some point.
It has been claimed at this stage, however, that he’s not entirely convinced by Forest.
Who takes charge against Aston Villa?
Let’s hope that it’s Cooper.
Our hunch is that nothing is imminent and the club will remain patient – for now!
The Welsh head coach will know that although he has credit in the bank, the hierarchy won’t accept the current performance levels for long.
The City Ground should be rocking next Monday, especially given the current speculation.
Hopefully, the team can bounce back and claim a big three points that could ease some of the pressure on the Reds boss.
One year ago, we needed Cooper. Now, he needs the supporters and he deserves the full backing next Monday night.