A Spanish journalist has made a claim about Andoni Iraola and Nottingham Forest that quite simply makes zero sense. The Reds have just enjoyed a wonderful season under Steve Cooper and he appears to have the backing of Evangelos Marinakis.
The head coach has been a revelation since joining Forest. He arrived in September 2021 with the Reds sitting bottom of the Championship and he’s overseen a remarkable rise up the table.
Last summer, Forest were celebrating promotion to the Premier League. Cooper was handed 30 new players across two different transfer windows and getting those players to gel didn’t prove easy.
The Reds incumbent found a way to deliver, however. Forest collected 11 points from their final six games to secure their Premier League status for another season with a game to spare.
Now, journalist Manu Sainz believes that Forest could move for Iraoli. In reality, this smack of two and two being placed together to get five and the boss could go to Olympiacos instead.
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The Greek outfit are looking for a new manager and this smack of a journalist getting the wrong idea with a piece of news. Iraola is a fancied coach and it seems likely that he will get a quality job at some point.
Iraola has overseen 136 matches with Rayo Vallecano. He’s won 54 and drawn 32 to give him a win ratio of just shy of 40%. He does, however, look set to leave the La Liga outfit this summer.
Journalist makes claim about Forest appointing Iraola
It’s claimed that Forest could be the first option for Iraola. However, that doesn’t make a great deal of sense really, with Cooper still thought to have the backing of Marinakis.
The Forest head coach is a very respected figure within the game. Not only that but he’s a burgeoning young coach and Forest should allow him to continue on this journey.
A first season in the Premier League was always likely to prove tricky for the Reds. It was a competitive top flight and Forest did well to get over the line with a game to spare.
These latest reports wouldn’t go down well with the fan base. Cooper is trusted and for the first time in many years, Forest have a manager who simply gets the club.
Replacing him with a relatively untried Iraola makes absolutely zero sense right now and Forest should forget wielding the axe on Cooper.