Steve Cooper insists the direction Nottingham Forest want to go in was a major factor in his decision to become the Reds’ new Head Coach.
Cooper was named as Chris Hughton’s successor this week, becoming the Reds’ 14th permanent manager since the summer of 2011.
It was the first managerial appointment made by new CEO Dane Murphy, however, with the club now looking to change its direction and focus on the long-term as well as the short-term.
Cooper has done well in his limited time in club management, guiding Swansea to a play-off semi-final and then play-off final in 2019/20 and 2020/21.
He was linked with the Crystal Palace job in the summer, but took a short time away from the game before deciding that Forest was the right one for him.
What made the Reds an attractive proposition, though? Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham yesterday, he said: “Early impressions, it’s a big club. I knew that before I joined, but when you do walk through the doors, it hits you straight away.
“I’m fully aware of that. I’m very proud to be here, but at the same time, I have a real good understanding of what the job brings.
“When you’ve got the chance to join a football club like this, if you didn’t, you always think back to ‘what if?’. I didn’t want to do that.
“The history and tradition of the football club and the size of it, and the size of support which comes home and away.
“In the meetings with Dane (Murphy), he explained where he’d like the club want to go and how we can go about that – it’s something that really appealed to me.”