Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Steve Cooper as their new Head Coach.
The Reds have moved quickly to find a replacement for Chris Hughton, after he was relieved of his duties by the club last week.
After agreeing a compensation package with Swansea for their former manager, Cooper has now been appointed as Forest’s new Head Coach.
Cooper made a name for himself in management in the England youth setup, guiding the Under-17s’ to FIFA World Cup success in 2017.
The 41-year-old – who worked with the likes of Phil Foden, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Rhian Brewster in that time – then moved into club football with Swansea City.
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In his two seasons at the Liberty Stadium, Cooper guided the Swans to back-to-back play-off finishes, reaching the semi-finals in 2019/20 and reaching the final last season.
Cooper left Swansea at the end of the season, though was still technically under contract in South Wales hence the reason for compensation, which is believed to be in the region of £500,000.
Joining Cooper’s backroom staff at the City Ground are set to be Alan Tate and Steve Rands, who both worked with him at Swansea.
This feels like the perfect fit for Forest under a new regime led by CEO Dane Murphy.
Forest are looking to modernise their way of thinking and go in a different direction, where they will look to reduce the age and size of the squad and bleed their youngsters in.
They have many talented young players at the club, and I just think Cooper’s expertise and background makes him a perfect replacement for Hughton.
He has done very well in his limited time in club management, and I think he will surprise a few people.