Steve Cooper: Nottingham Forest appoint former Swansea head coach to replace Chris Hughton

Nottingham Forest has appointed Steve Cooper, a head coach, on a two year contract.
Cooper attended his first training session as Forest boss Tuesday morning. Millwall, the Championship's bottom club, will be next up at home on Saturday.

Forest will then travel to Barnsley on Wednesday, September 29, live on Sky Sports.

Forest's 14th permanent managerial position in the last 10 years is now held by Cooper.

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Managers of Nottingham Forest over the past 10 years (matches): Steve McClaren (13), Steve Cotterill (37) and Sean ODriscoll (26) respectively. Alex McLeish (7), Billy Davies (5), Stuart Pearce (32), Dougie Fryman (57), Philippe Montanier (33), Mark Warburton (37)), Martin ONeill (19), Sabri Lamouchi (55), Chris Hughton (53)

(Not inclusive of interim managers)

Forest reached an agreement with Cooper's former club Swansea to pay him compensation late last week, as he was technically still contracted to the Welsh club.

After leading the team to the Championship play-offs, he left Liberty Stadium as their head coach.

Following the dismissal of Chris Hughton, Cooper was identified immediately as the preferred candidate.

"Steve was our first choice for head coach, and we are thrilled to have secured his services. Forest CEO Dane Murphy stated that his track record in developing young talent was exceptional.

"Steve is an expert in the Championship and has a track record of success with Swansea.

Use Chrome browser to access a better video player. Neil Harris, former Cardiff manager and Millwall manager, believes that Steve Cooper will offer opportunities to some of Nottingham Forest’s fringe players to help them turn their fortunes around.

"We have decreased the age of our team over the summer, and Steve is the perfect coach to combine a team to move us up the table.

"On behalf the owner and board, we are pleased to welcome Steve to the club. We look forward to giving him all the support he needs at Nottingham Forest."

Forest began the Championship campaign with a draw and six losses.

Use Chrome browser to access a better video player Highlights from the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield & Nottingham Forest

Hughton's departure saw the end of Forest's managership, and they won their first league victory with a 2-0 win at Huddersfield.

Forest won all three points with Steven Reid as interim head coach. A first-half goal from Lewis Grabban, and an own goal scored by Lee Nicholls shortly after the break saw Forest win.

They also scored their first goal in a league match since April.