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Nottingham Forest: Steve Cooper still under ‘massive pressure’

Nottingham Forest: Steve Cooper still under 'massive pressure' - Nottingham Forest News

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is still under ‘massive pressure’ despite signing a new contract, according to former BBC pundit Noel Whelan.

The Lowdown: Cooper’s new contract

The Tricky Trees recorded a shock 1-0 victory over Liverpool last weekend, but are still currently sitting at rock bottom of the Premier League, level on points with Wolves and Leeds in the relegation places.

The Welsh boss had been facing calls to be sacked amid the club’s disappointing start to the season, but was instead backed with a new contract until 2025 for his efforts in getting them promoted in the first place.

The Latest: Whelan’s comments

Speaking to Football Insider, Whelan, a former top flight striker, claimed that Forest made too many new signings in the summer and instead should have tried to make last season’s loan deals permanent.

“I think there’s still massive pressure on Cooper. He’s got to make big decisions with all these new players at the club.

“He’s got to find a system that works.

“But I think ultimately Forest have got to put all their trust in Cooper. It’s been a whirlwind start to the season, bringing in 22 players – which is probably too many.

“They’ve gone all out because they had that scared feeling about stepping up to the Premier League.

“I think if they could go back in time they’d probably go out and get some of the loan players that got them into the Premier League in the first place.”

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The Verdict: Right man for the job

Forest need to start picking up more points if they want to get themselves out of the danger zone and into a more comfortable position, but Cooper is still the right man for the job.

The 42-year-old has won 30 and drawn 14 of his 58 matches in charge at the City Ground, and averages 1.79 points per match (Transfermarkt).

The Reds have done well to reduce the deficit and catch up with their rivals at the bottom, and only one win is needed to climb out of the bottom three and up the table.

Cooper in or Cooper out?




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