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Forest confirm Nuno arrival after Cooper sacking

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Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Nuno Espirito Santo as head coach on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The Portuguese takes over from Steve Cooper who was sacked yesterday following a two-year spell in which he guided Forest from the bottom of the Championship and into the Premier League.

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However, following a run of one win in 13 games which has seen the club slip to 17th in the table, albeit with a five-point cushion over Luton in the relegation zone, owner Evangelos Marinakis decided to act.

Nuno has managed in the Premier League previously, most notably at Wolves with whom he gained promotion to the top flight, secured back-to-back seventh-placed finishes and a place in the Europa League.

A less successful spell at Tottenham followed and he was sacked after less than four months in charge.

He returned to win the Saudi Arabian domestic double with Al-Ittihad before being dismissed last month.

The 49-year-old will be in charge for Saturday’s clash with Bournemouth at the City Ground.

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.”

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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