Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper insists he’s not thinking about his future amid talk Rafael Benitez is a contender for his job.
Cooper’s men had a night to forget as they suffered a 4-0 thrashing at East Midlands rivals Leicester, a result that sees Forest slip to the bottom of the Premier League.
NaijaOnPoint understands that Forest are contemplating parting company with Cooper, who’s fearing for his job with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis notoriously ruthless with hiring and firing managers.
Shortly after the match the Daily Telegraph reported that former Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle boss Benitez is in the frame for ..., with Benitez known to have a relationship with Lee Charnley, the former Newcastle chief executive who now holds an advisory role at Forest.
But Cooper, who took Forest from bottom of the Championship to the Premier League in seven months, didn’t want to get dragged into the speculation.
He told NaijaOnPoint after the match: “In terms of my personal situation I’m not standing here after a game thinking about myself I’m more disappointed that this club that means a lot to me has lost another football match. That’s where my concerns are.
“I don’t want to be thinking about my situation, I want to be thinking about the football club because that’s more important than anything.”
Just over a year after Cooper took their reins at Forest, who were at the foot of the Championship at the time, the Welshman could find himself without a job.
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He worked wonders at the City Ground as Forest earned promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.
Marinakis gave Cooper plenty of backing in the summer, bringing in a record 22 new players during the transfer window.
But former Forest striker Dean Saunders suggested that recruitment could be part of the problem, rather than Cooper.
“I can’t say a Forest team because they’re not a team and that’s the problem at the moment,” Saunders said on The Sports Bar.
“Steve Cooper’s done a magnificent job getting them promoted.
“The club’s messed it up again. I’m sorry to say after the event but signing 22 players, and you can say all you want with how many players you’ve lost, has Steve Cooper signed those 22 players? I’m telling you now he hasn’t. Not a chance.”
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