Chelsea keeping an eye on Steve Cooper
Chelsea are reportedly monitoring Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper ahead of a potential summer move for him, a new report has claimed.
The Lowdown: Cooper shining at Forest
The 43-year-old is doing a magnificent job in charge of Forest currently, guiding them back into the Premier League last season and holding their own in the top flight in 2022/23.
The Reds have stood by Cooper despite a rocky spell earlier in the campaign and their patience has paid off, considering they now sit 13th in the table.
At Chelsea, Graham Potter still finds himself under huge pressure and a new update has emerged regarding his possible successor.
The Latest: Chelsea eyeing up move
According to The Daily Mail [via MOT Leeds News], Chelsea are one of the clubs who are monitoring Cooper’s current situation, seeing him as a future manager if Potter departs.
Tottenham, West Ham, Southampton and Leeds United are all mentioned as potential destinations, however, so there is clear demand for the Welshman.
The Verdict: Another Potter?
Cooper is clearly doing brilliantly at Forest, but if Chelsea brought him in as Potter’s eventual replacement it would feel similarly risky in many ways, with the two coaches even often compared to one another.
Both are talented young English managers but neither have consistently worked with elite players, with the Stamford Bridge job arguably too much for Potter to handle currently.
The 24-game Premier League boss’ pedigree is undeniable – he inspired England’s Under-17s to World Cup glory in 2017, in a team consisting of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, among others – but Chelsea may be wise to either stick with the current manager or bring in a more experienced head.