Chris Hughton was relieved of his managerial duties at Nottingham Forest on Thursday after the Midlands club were condemned to their sixth defeat of the Championship season.
The Reds have only managed to pick up a single point this season, with Wednesday night’s 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough proving to be Hughton’s last game in charge.
Forest have moved swiftly through the application process for the available role at The City Ground, with The Reds closing in on appointing former Swansea City manager Steve Cooper.
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Cooper has been out of work since the summer, leaving the South Wales club after a second successive play-off heartbreak.
However, ex-Forest striker Nigel Jemson believes that Cooper would not be the option that Forest fans would immediately turn to, and stated during an interview with This Is Futbol: “Steve Cooper, I wouldn’t think that he would be the fans’ number one choice, to be perfectly honest.”
Chris Wilder is also believed to be in the running for the vacant role at The City Ground, as per a report from The Mirror.
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Forest need a manager with fresh ideas, and with an alternative style of football that can get the best out of their talented youngsters.
Cooper is certainly a manager who fits that bill, with his experience of developing young players at Swansea and during his time within the England youth set up.
The Reds do have a squad capable of competing at the top end of the division, and it will be no real surprise to see them pick up again, but they need to ensure that they employ the right person for the job.
From the outside looking in, Cooper looks like an excellent fit at Forest, with the squad that he will have at his disposal, possessing some similarities to the one he had at Swansea.