According to TalkSport’s Alex Crook, Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper could lose his job soon as owner, Evangelos Marinakis, was not expecting a relegation battle and is not adverse to bold decisions.
The Garibaldi have struggled through the first seven games of the season despite spending a whopping £145.76m in the summer on players like Morgan Gibbs-White, Taiwo Awoniyi, Neco Williams, and Emmanuel Dennis.
They currently sit 19th in the Premier League table after picking up just one win, one draw and five losses while conceding 17 goals, which is only better than Bournemouth and Leicester City.
As a result, Cooper’s role at the club has been bought into question and while this may seem premature, Crook revealed their owner Marinakis is not afraid to make those kinds of decisions as he has already sacked the manager at his other club, Olympiacos.
Crook told the Game Day podcast: “Yeah, but if they were to lose that game, I don’t know if it’ll be in situ for much longer. And I know that seems ridiculous when you look at what he’s done since coming in a year ago, but I think the Forest owners already sacked the Olympiacos manager so he’s not afraid to make bold decisions and he wasn’t contemplating a relegation battle this year. We know that from his conversation at Wembley with Jim White, so I think he’ll be very disappointed with the start”.
TIF Thoughts on Crooks comments…
Forest have a lot of time left in the season to pick up their results and push themselves further up the table and out of the relegation zone. They have a lot of new players in the squad and they will need time to adapt and settle into the Premier League.
We think it would be an egregious mistake for the club to fire Cooper at the time of writing as he did well enough to bring them up and he deserves the time to mould the new squad into his image and start bringing in the points.
If the results have not improved before the January window then letting Cooper go is a fair and just decision, but just seven games into the season feels too early and they could end up seriously regretting their decision. He needs and deserves more time with this Forest side.
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