Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest appoint Steve Cooper as new manager

Sean Walsh
Cooper has joined Forest
Cooper has joined Forest / Athena Pictures/Getty Images

Nottingham Forest have announced that Steve Cooper will succeed Chris Hughton as manager at the City Ground.

Hughton was dismissed by Forest last Thursday after an abysmal start to the season, losing six of their first seven Championship games.

Steven Reid took interim charge as they finally won last weekend at Huddersfield, and now Cooper has been appointed on a full-time basis.

“Steve was our first choice as head coach and we are delighted to have secured his services," chief executive Dane Murphy told the club's official website. "His record of developing young talent is exceptional.

“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.

“On behalf of the owner and the Board, we welcome Steve to the club and look forward to providing every support he needs to be a success at Nottingham Forest”.

90min revealed last week that Forest were also considering Roy Keane, Neil Lennon and Jack Lester for the job, but Cooper was the favourite.

The 41-year-old left Swansea by mutual consent in July. He had led the Swans to the play-offs in both of his seasons in charge at the Liberty Stadium, but were thwarted by Brentford on both occasions.

Cooper was wanted by Crystal Palace this summer prior to appointing Patrick Vieira, but the Eagles were reluctant to pay the £3m compensation fee required. Swansea will still receive a fee from Forest.