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‘Ripping up the playbook’ – Lyle Taylor outlines changes Steve Cooper has made following Nottingham Forest appointment

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Steve Cooper’s methods have been given the seal of approval from Nottingham Forest forward Lyle Taylor after he replaced Chris Hughton in the dugout last month.

Hughton was dismissed after less than a year in charge at the City Ground, with the Reds not winning any of their first seven Championship matches of the season.

A 2-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough was the final straw for the Tricky Trees’ board, who put Steven Reid in caretaker charge and after he delivered a victory against Huddersfield Town, the decision was made to appoint ex-Swansea man Cooper, who had only been unemployed for less than two months after departing the Welsh club.

Cooper is yet to taste defeat as Forest head coach after drawing his opening match at home to Millwall, and what followed that were two comfortable wins on the road against Barnsley and Birmingham City.

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A corner looks to have been turned at the club and striker Taylor has praised Cooper’s ways, claiming that he’s changed the culture of the club from top to bottom in such a short period of time.

“The new manager has come in and he’s kind of just flipped everything on its head,” Taylor told BBC Radio Nottingham, via the Nottingham Post.

“He said ‘right that’s what we’re going to do, this is how we’re going to play and we’re going to keep the ball, we’re going to play out from the back and we’re going to do this and we’re going to do that.’”

“You see the attention to detail in training is out of this world. I’m 31-years-old and it’s ripping up the playbook and starting again, it’s insane.”

“The atmosphere around the place is fantastic and as a player, you go about your business, you go to work but if you can go to work and enjoy what you’re doing, get some sort of real buzz about the place and a real sense of achievement and then take that onto the pitch as a squad, not just as 11 players but as a squad, you’re going to do well and that is all led by the man at the helm.”

The Verdict

It’s clear to see that changes have happened from the way that Forest are playing under Cooper already – they’re expressing themselves a lot more in a way that wasn’t seen under Hughton.

It isn’t to say that the players weren’t playing for Hughton in the end but there’s still a noticeable difference and there must be reasons for that.

All the mumblings from the dressing room as far as the Cooper era from the brief time it’s been going though sound positive, and he’s already getting results out of them in his first few weeks.

Taylor will be looking to play his part but with Lewis Grabban back amongst the goals he may have to sit back and wait a while for his chance if the current attack keep on firing the way that they are.


25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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