Steve Cooper will remain manager of Nottingham Forest following club meetings


Steve Cooper is Nottingham Forest manager from September 2021

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper will remain in his role following club meetings.

The 42-year-old’s position was in doubt after Monday’s game after his side fell to the bottom of the Premier League. He lost 4-0 against Leicester.

However, it has been decided that he should be given more time to recognize his achievement of getting Forest promotion after a 23-year layoff.

The club has also appointed Filippo Giraldi as sporting director.

Giraldi’s appointment is seen as an attempt to guide the club through its current difficulties and provide the structures needed to progress as a Premier League club.

Cooper was appointed manager in September 2021 and led them back to the top flight for the first time since 1999 at the end of his first season.

He then spent £145m on 21 players in the summer transfer window.

Despite spending heavily, Forest have won just once in the league this season, losing their fifth in a row at the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Italian Giraldi spent nine years at Watford, initially as chief scout, before moving into the role of technical director in 2014.

His experience is believed to be invaluable to Forest’s best chance of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

analysis

While the talk outside the City Ground since Monday’s defeat has been sympathetic to Cooper, amid acknowledgment that adapting to life in the Premier League with so many new players has been hard work, the manager has not been alone.

As a club, Forest is trying to adapt at breakneck speed, without the infrastructure in place to deal with emerging issues.

Watford are not known for their managerial stability, but Giraldi is seen as someone who was instrumental in the recruitment process, helping to bring Abdoulaye Doucoure and Richarlison to the club.

Giraldi’s task will be to evaluate what Forest has done well – and wrongly – so far and bring improvement.

As for Cooper, it goes without saying that he needs positive results after five defeats in a row.

Forest’s next two opponents, like Leicester, are Midlands rivals who are not in great form.

Wins against Aston Villa and Wolves will strengthen Cooper’s position. However, defeats will bring more negativity, and Evangelos Marinakis’s patience will only last so long.

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