The Lowdown: Cooper working wonders
The 42-year-old has been a wonderful appointment by the Reds since coming in last season, guiding them back into the Premier League after 23 years away.
Incredibly, Forest were bottom of the Championship when Cooper took charge, highlighting what an outstanding job he has done at the City Ground.
However, such is his ever-growing reputation in the game that the Welshman could be eyed up by other clubs, as appears to be the case going by weekend reports.
The Latest: Off to Brighton?
According to 90min, Cooper is on Brighton’s ‘list of targets’ after Potter left the Amex Stadium to become Chelsea’s new manager. Kjetil Knutsen of Bodo/Glimt is also seen as a front-runner for the Seagulls job.
The south coast club are ‘looking closely’ at whether or not the Forest manager would be happy to leave the City Ground. The report claims that the 42-year-old has a compensation clause in his contract which would enable him to speak with Brighton, should he wish to do so.
If Cooper is hired as the Seagulls’ next manager, it would be his second time being an immediate successor to Potter, having also replaced him at Swansea in 2019.
The Verdict: Worrying
Losing Cooper at this point would be an enormous blow for Forest – he has been hailed as ‘fantastic’ by Grimsby manager Paul Hurst – considering he has just got them back in the Premier League.
It could throw the Reds’ season into potential chaos, much in the way that Potter’s exit from Brighton may possibly do to them, such have been their respective influences at the clubs concerned.
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It could also leave his successor with the unenviable task of trying to get the best out of the 22 new signings which were made on Cooper’s watch during an extraordinary summer transfer window at the City Ground.
The hope is that the 42-year-old remains loyal to the Reds, seeing this as not an ideal time to move on and continuing his fine work in the Midlands for the foreseeable future.
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