Football journalist Robyn Cowen has been sharing her thoughts on Nottingham Forest appointing Steve Cooper as their new manager.
This comes after Cowen made an appearance on a recent episode of The Athletic’s The Totally Football League Show where she discussed a range of topics concerning a variety of clubs throughout the EFL, including the latest manager to enter The City Ground.
Speaking prior to the club’s official announcement of Cooper’s arrival, Cowen had this to say on the matter and the general situation at the Midlands club.
She said: “I just think something else has to change, They can get the best manager in the world, and Steve Cooper is very good – his record speaks for itself – but I can’t see it going gloriously, much better, with him going in there.
“It’d be great if it does for him and for Nottingham Forest, but ultimately, not an awful lot has changed.
“Chris Hughton’s gone, he’s gone in, and it’s again not his team, so what does that mean, that’s another round of transfers?”
TIF Thoughts on Robyn Cowen’s comments on Forest and Cooper…
Given their disappointing run of results at the start of the campaign, it’s easy to see why Cowen has suggested that the managerial position is not the only thing that needed fixing at Forest.
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In our view, the fact that Cooper managed to get Swansea into the play-offs during his two seasons in charge there makes his appointment at Forest a very positive move from the club given how they’re currently slumped at the bottom of the table with just four points from their opening eight league games of the season.
However, a promising Championship record was not enough for Hughton to bring success to the club, so perhaps something more fundamental indeed needs to change, as Cowen suggests.
Meanwhile, Cooper may now be under pressure to immediately turn the club’s fortunes around on the pitch, though he does have plenty of time to do so before the end of the campaign.