Former Derby County striker Darren Bent has told talkSPORT that he isn’t exactly optimistic about Steve Cooper doing a good job at Nottingham Forest.
The former Swansea City boss is widely expected to be announced as Forest’s new manager later on today, with the club having moved quickly to get their preferred candidate after Chris Hughton was sacked last week.
Cooper led the Swans to the play-offs twice during his time in South Wales, including their final loss at Wembley Stadium to Brentford last season and is highly rated at Sky Bet Championship level.
However it appears Bent doesn’t share this view about the former England youth coach, as he stated the following recently on the impending appointment at the City Ground:
“Chris Hughton, one thing we know about him is that his management, he usually gets the best out of players. If he can’t do it, then I don’t know where they go.”
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Forest picked up an important victory during the weekend just gone away at Huddersfield Town and will now be hoping that the arrival of Cooper can further galvanise their chances of a revival on Trentside.
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The 41-year-old’s first game in charge could well be Saturday’s home clash with Millwall.
Given Bent is an ex-Derby player, I think his opinions on this matter should be taken with a hefty pinch of salt.
Cooper is the ideal candidate for Forest and that’s all that really matters in the grand scheme of things.
The question will be if Cooper can hit the ground running at his new club, as it would be fair to assume that he will be under pressure almost from the off.
If he can get the players buying into his methods, he could well be in for another successful managerial stint in the second tier after his work at Swansea.