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Nottingham Forest Manager Steve Cooper Addresses Future Speculation
Forest Boss Remains Focused Amidst Poor Form and Rumors of Departure
The recent 5-0 defeat at Fulham has intensified discussions surrounding Nottingham Forest manager, Steve Cooper’s future. With his side losing four consecutive matches in the Premier League and only winning one out of their last eleven games, the pressure is mounting.
Sitting perilously close to the relegation zone in 16th place, Cooper remains steadfast despite growing concerns about his job security. When asked if he feared being sacked should they lose their upcoming match against Wolves on Saturday, the Welshman dismissed such thoughts.
“I don’t think like that,” asserted the resolute 43-year-old coach. “It is not a good way to think. It is like saying to a player ‘you have to play well or you will not play again’ – it is not a thought process I believe in using.”
The Greek owner of Nottingham Forest, Evangelos Marinakis, stood by Cooper during a similar slump last season which ultimately led to securing survival and finishing in 16th position upon promotion back to England’s top flight.
Praised for his ability to mold a team into formidable Premier League contenders after signing an astonishing thirty players following promotion from the Championship, this poor run of form has now cast doubt over Cooper’s future.
Rumors Swirl About Possible Replacements as Pressure Mounts on Coach
Julen Lopetegui, the former manager of Wolves who recently left Molineux, is among those being touted as a potential replacement for Cooper. However, nothing has been confirmed thus far.
Cooper expressed his disappointment with recent results and performance during the defeat at Craven Cottage. Yet, he remains resolute in his belief that it’s crucial to maintain unwavering character and determination amidst adversity.
“More than ever you have to show belief and character and what you stand for,” stated Cooper passionately. “There are going to be questions and stories; I respect that as it is the life of a football manager.”
He further added, “At the same time, you have to stay honed in on your day’s work. If I let anything else creep in, I am not giving 100% to the job – which is what I want to do.”
Focusing on What Matters Most
While rumors continue swirling around Nottingham Forest’s current situation, Steve Cooper remains determined not to let speculation distract him from his duties as manager.
The focus now lies squarely on finding solutions and improving both results and performances moving forward. Saturday’s match against Wolves presents an opportunity for redemption. Published by Bewinner Sports
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