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Exclusive: Jobi McAnuff issues verdict on Nottingham Forest’s 2021/22 ambitions under Steve Cooper

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Discovery+ and Quest pundit Jobi McAnuff says that Nottingham Forest are capable of breaking into the Championship play-off places under Steve Cooper this season.

Forest endured a disappointing start to the current campaign, picking up just one point from their first seven league games.

That led to the sacking of Chris Hughton as the club’s manager, with Steve Cooper coming in to take charge in the dugout at The City Ground.

Since that change, Forest’s form has improved considerably, losing just once under Cooper, following their late equaliser at QPR on Friday night.

As a result, Forest currently sit 18th in the Championship table, six points adrift of the play-off places after 15 games.

Now it seems that McAnuff believes that following that drastic improvement in form, Forest ought to be eyeing a top six spot this season.

Asked what he believes Forest should be aiming for this season, the former Watford and Reading midfielder told Football League World: “I’d say that from looking at their performances and results, they’re certainly putting a lot of results together that would suggest they could, if they continue at their current rate, certainly be looking at those play-off places.

“I think they’ve got a real belief in the squad now, listening to Steve Cooper on Friday he was obviously playing it down which I think outwardly is the right thing to do.

“But I think there will be a different message inside that dressing room in terms of what he thinks they can achieve.

“The big thing for me from a players point of view, if you’ve got a manager that’s coming in who has achieved in the last few years, yes Swansea didn’t get over the line and get promoted, but he is a manager who took a group of players to the play-offs on two occasions.

“So I think there’s certainly a real feel good factor there at the minute at Nottingham Forest. I think there’s still a low of improving to do, it’s very early days yet.

“But the turnaround has been absolutely phenomenal, and there’s no reason why, with so many games to go now, there’s not enough time for them to make a serious play-off push.”

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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