Nottingham Forest held initial talks with Chris Wilder but have now decided to pursue other options as they look for a replacement for Chris Hughton, according to Sky Sports.
After a dreadful start to the season had left the Reds bottom of the Championship with just a point from their first seven games, Hughton was sacked on Thursday morning.
The search for his replacement is ongoing with Steven Reid installed as the caretaker boss for the time being and likely to be in charge for the game against Huddersfield Town tomorrow.
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Wilder was touted as a potential replacement for Hughton ahead of his sacking and those links continued after Forest pulled the trigger but it appears the former Sheffield United boss is no longer on the club’s radar.
Sky Sports has reported that initial talks were held with the 53-year-old about taking charge at the City Ground but that they have now decided to pursue other options in their search for a new manager.
Among those is Steve Cooper, who is said to be their primary target at the moment and in talks with the club.
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Wilder has been a name linked with Forest throughout their difficult start to the 2021/22 campaign but it seems he won’t be taking charge after all.
His record at Championship level and in the wider EFL is obviously impressive but it seems the Reds didn’t feel that he was a fit for them.
Whether that is to do with previous suggestions about the control he likes to have at a club is unclear but you feel that may have played on Dane Murphy’s mind.
We’ve said this time after time with Forest but making sure they appoint the right manager is vital for them – more now than ever given they’re in the relegation zone.
Cooper looks an interesting option and would certainly make sense given the raft of young talent in the squad.