Nottingham Forest intends to appoint Benitez as new coach, Cooper encounters a crisis of dismissal

2022-10-05 16:54

Nottingham Forest intends to appoint Benitez as new coach, Cooper encounters a crisis of dismissal

Steve Cooper is one step closer to dismissal after Nottingham Forest's 4-0 loss to Leicester City. According to the "Daily Telegraph" chief reporter John Percy, former Liverpool coach Benitez has become a potential replacement for Cooper.

Steve Cooper takes over from Chris Hughton as Nottingham Forest manager in September 2021, when the team finished bottom of the Championship with seven games and six losses. However, 8 months later, he led Forest to return to the Premier League after 23 years.

In the new season, although Nottingham Forest spent 150 million pounds for signings, the team has lost 7 games in a row in the first 8 rounds of the league, with only 2 points in the bottom position. Multiple sources confirmed that the defeat against Leicester City further weakened Cooper's position in the heart of (Forest boss) Marinakis, and the 62-year-old Benitez is regarded as the team's future manager candidate.

In addition, according to the "Daily Mail" chief reporter Sami Mokbel and his subordinates Tom Collomosse and Simon Jones reported that the club has withdrawn the contract extension with Cooper. Steve Cooper's contract with Nottingham Forest will expire in September next year, and his renewal has been put on the agenda from this summer. Sami Mokbel understands that the two sides were at one point close to an agreement, but the back-to-back defeats at Nottingham Forest finally brought Marinakis back.

Sarah Clapson, a team reporter who is now working for the "Nottingham Post", revealed that Cooper is not the only person in the Forest team who is about to be fired. CEO Dane Murphy, head of data and analytics recruitment Both George Syrianos and head of scouting Andy Scott have suffered the most serious crisis of confidence since joining the team due to their failed signings this summer. It is reported that former Newcastle United chief executive Lee Charnley is very likely to be the successor of Dane Murphy.