Steve Cooper takes over as new Nottingham Forest head coach

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Lewis Ambrose

Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Steve Cooper as the club’s new boss.

Cooper replaces Chris Hughton, who was relieved of his duties last week with Forest sat bottom of the Championship.

“Steve was our first choice as head coach and we are delighted to have secured his services. His record of developing young talent is exceptional,” said Forest CEO Dane Murphy.

“Steve knows what is required to be successful in the Championship and has a proven track record with Swansea.

“We have reduced the age of our squad over the summer and Steve is the ideal coach to blend a team to start moving us up the table.”

Cooper, who took training on Tuesday morning, led Swansea into the play-offs in both 2019/20, where they lost to Brentford in the semi-final, and 2020/21, where they lost to Brentford in the final. He then left the club in the summer by mutual consent.

Forest claimed their first win of the season at the weekend, beating Huddersfield, but remain at the foot of the table.