Nottingham Forest are hoping to move forward with appointing Chris Hughton’s successor today and have held talks with Steve Cooper, Football League World understands.
Hughton has overseen six defeats in seven league fixtures this season, which leaves Forest rock bottom of the Championship table. Yesterday, the decision was made to sack the 62-year-old and move in a fresh direction.
Football League World have been told that Forest spoke to Cooper earlier in the week regarding his interest in the post at the City Ground, as well as his philosophy and beliefs.
The club want to move forward with an appointment and are hoping to have a clearer idea of who will succeed Hughton ahead of their clash with Huddersfield Town this weekend.
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Whilst Cooper is currently out of work, his reputation in the Championship continues to thrive.
The 41-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Swansea City and delivered back-to-back play-off finishes. Last season, the Swans were beaten by Brentford in the play-off final, which was the beginning of the end for Cooper. He left the club deep into the summer, walking away from the final year of his contract.
During his time at Swansea and previous spell with England’s U17s, Cooper has developed young talent including Rhian Brewster, Conor Gallagher, Phil Foden and Marc Guehi.
It’s known that Forest are keen to appoint a manager with the ability to chip into the club’s young talent.