Major update on Nottingham Forest potentially sacking Steve Cooper

By Pete O'Rourke, Transfer Correspondent

27th Nov, 2023 | 1:30pm

Revealed: Major update on Nottingham Forest potentially sacking Steve Cooper

The pressure is growing for Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper following the 3-2 loss against Brighton on Saturday (25 November), sources have told Football Insider.

Cooper’s side have now won just one of their last nine games and sit 14th in the Premier League table.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the pressure on the ex-Swansea boss is once again ramping up ahead of Forest’s next game against Everton.

The Midlands side host the Toffees at the City Ground on Saturday (2 December) with an eight-point buffer to 18th-place Sheffield United.

It is believed nothing immediate is likely to happen in terms of a potential sacking if the result goes against Forest.

Cooper has been under threat of losing his job on several occasions since leading the club back to the Premier League in 2022.

He looked set to lose his job in October 2022 with Forest sitting bottom of the table but was instead handed a new contract by owner Evangelos Marinakis – which runs until June 2025.

The 43-year-old eventually led Forest to a 16th-place finish last term after mega-money investment in the playing squad.

Cooper’s side lost just one of their last six Premier League games in the 2022-23 campaign and eventually finished four points clear of the drop zone.

This season, Forest have dropped points against Burnley and Luton – and were also dumped out of the League Cup in the second round by Vincent Kompany’s side.

The Midlands outfit are next in action against Everton before a packed festive schedule which sees them face the likes of Newcastle, Man United and Tottenham before the new year.

Cooper must also contend with the absence of striker Taiwo Awoniyi, who is expected to be out long-term after undergoing groin surgery.

In other news, Everton at risk of record-breaking payout as Nottingham Forest begin legal action.