Owen Hargreaves has heaped praise on Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper. The Reds boss oversaw a 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Friday night as Forest claimed their first win of the campaign.

The Reds incumbent has been in charge of the club for almost two years. It’s been quite a remarkable rise for Forest and they’re now in their second campaign back in the Premier League.

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Cooper has not only revived the team on the pitch but he gets the club away from it. The head coach has invested a lot of time getting familiar with players of old and the club’s ardent supporters.

Before the 43-year-old arrived at Forest, it was 23 years without Premier League football. Now, the Reds have a real opportunity to stabilise themselves in the division.

Following Friday’s win, Hargreaves has lauded Cooper for his work at Forest. He believes that he’s vitally important to their fortunes during the current campaign.

He told Premier League Productions: “They probably signed four windows worth of players last summer. I understand it though, they tried to bridge the gap.

“They’ve got a strong squad. They’ve got a really good manager and he’s probably their biggest asset. At the top of the pitch they’ve got five or six really good players.”

Forest boss Cooper praised by Hargreaves

The head coach’s stock couldn’t be much higher on Trentside. He is already a hero for winning promotion for the Reds and long may his time at the club continue.

Cooper did well to arrest an alarming run of form for Forest at the start of last season. He found a way of playing that made Forest tougher to beat and for that he deserves credit.

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This season the challenge will be to kick on. Forest will want to make sure they remain in the Premier League once again and Cooper will hope to sign a few more players before the window closes.

Cooper has already worked wonders for Forest. Now, it’s up to him to continue putting the building blocks in place and turn the Reds into an established Premier League team.

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