Steve Cooper insists he has “never been so motivated to do well” as he continues to settle into life as Nottingham Forest head coach.
The Welshman has enjoyed an impressive start to life in charge of the Reds, yielding seven points from a possible nine in his first three games at the helm.
His tenure started with a 1-1 draw against Millwall, before embarking on away wins over Barnsley, 3-1, and Birmingham City, 3-0.
The early signs are certainly impressive, with Cooper’s attack-minded style of play already becoming popular with fans.
He had chance to meet some of those fans last week in a fans’ forum, where he spoke very passionately about the job.
He said: “I’ve been lucky enough to have some really good jobs so far in football but I can honestly say I’ve never been so motivated to do well.
“I’ve got a feeling at the moment inside of me that I haven’t had before and I think that’s good.
“The first game, the song before, my dad was sitting there and it meant a lot.
“I just want to look forward, we’ve got to think a bit short-term because that’s our job to get ready for the next game and to get the group of players in the right place and all of that sort of stuff.”
Cooper speaks so passionately about the Forest job, and this is something which fans have noticed ever since his appointment.
Having been unable to develop a connection with Chris Hughton, to have a relationship with their new head coach is a feeling which has pleased many.
Here, we take a look at Forest fans’ reactions to Cooper’s comments…
Great stuff, please let this guy finally be the one.
— Greg (@gergmitch) October 11, 2021
Genuinely, if us lot wrote a script for what we wanted a manager to say and how we wanted him to behave … Cooper would still be better. Absolute breath of fresh air.
— Gareth Watts 💙 (@tokyobeatbox) October 11, 2021
— Freebs The Tree (@FreebsTheTree) October 11, 2021
He has managed to say the right things every single time. Impressive. There will be times when we hit rocky patches, but remember this positivity and purpose as it might just take us a long way.
— 1865: The Nottingham Forest Podcast (@nottm_forest) October 12, 2021
Genuinely can’t ask for any more. It’s all we have ever wanted
— Jeff (@gingerjeffs) October 12, 2021
Comes across very well. The best sentence for me was he has brought into the culture that Dane wants and Dane has brought into him. Onwards and upwards. 👍👍🤞🤞
— Ardilla Secreta (@jitzjani) October 12, 2021
I absolutely love this guy he’s shown already how in awe he is with the fans and how proud he is to be the manager of our great club. I got the total opposite with Hughton like we was lucky to have him.
I can really see the players believing everyone he wants from them.
— Lee (@TrickyLMC) October 11, 2021
What a great guy he is. He just gets it!
"I'm a massive believer in building self-belief in people"
— Debs (@Debs90181034) October 11, 2021