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Forest confirm Cooper departure with Nuno poised to take charge

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed Steve Cooper has been relieved of his position as head coach, with former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo poised to take over.

Cooper’s position had appeared to be in question for several weeks, with a run of one win in 13 games seeing Forest drop to 17th in the Premier League table, albeit with a five-point cushion over Luton Town in the relegation zone.

Cooper was thought to be on the brink of being sacked after Forest were thrashed 5-0 by Fulham in early December, though they responded to that result by claiming a 1-1 draw at Wolves.

However, Friday’s 2-0 defeat to Tottenham was the final straw for owner Evangelos Marinakis, with reports now suggesting Nuno is in talks to take over after leaving Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad last month.

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Forest confirmed Cooper’s departure in a statement on Tuesday, with Marinakis saying: “Everyone at Nottingham Forest would like to thank Steve for his superb contribution to our football club.

“His achievement in guiding Forest back to the Premier League will undoubtedly remain an iconic moment in the club’s history.

“We thank Steve for his dedication and commitment during his time with us, as well as the incredible connection he forged with our supporters and the city of Nottingham.

“Steve will always remain a friend of the club and will forever be welcome at the City Ground. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Forest said a further announcement on Cooper’s successor would be made “in due course”.

Cooper was a highly popular figure with Forest’s fans, who chanted his name at the end of their recent defeats to Fulham and Spurs after reports suggested his position was under threat.

The Welshman took charge of Forest in September 2021 with the club bottom of the Championship and immediately led them to promotion via the play-offs, before keeping them in the Premier League with a 16th-placed finish last season.

Forest will now look to finalise Nuno’s appointment ahead of Saturday’s home meeting with Bournemouth, after which they go to Newcastle United on Boxing Day and host Manchester United on December 30.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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