TalkSport’s Simon Jordan has backed Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper to remain manager of the club through the season and even if they are relegated.
After coming up through the play-offs, Forest spent nearly £150m on transfers in the summer as they completely rebuilt the squad with over 20 new faces walking through the doors at the club.
However, so far this season it has not helped the team much as they currently sit 19th in the Premier League table having picked up just one win through their first seven games and have endured tough losses at the hands of Manchester City, Fulham, and Bournemouth.
In the wake of this poor form, there has been speculation over Cooper’s security in his managerial role, but Jordan believes he is owed ‘significant’ time at the club having bought them up for the first time in 23 years and he should even keep his job if they are relegated.
Jordan told TalkSport: “Steve Cooper should not be under any real threat because you have to be realistic about what you may want and what you get, maybe two different things.
“The challenge for me is the rationale, the logic, the emotivity of spending £150 million or take away the gratitude you might have for the guy who took you out of this 23-year dip of being outside of the Premier League.”
“Now Steve Cooper doesn’t deserve currency forever but certainly deserves a certain amount of time and that means a significant amount of time and I would suggest it means unless there’s an absolute wheels coming off, the preparedness to accept relegation to come back up again with this manager because I don’t think Steve Cooper is doing too much wrong.”
TIF Thoughts on Jordan’s comments…
We think it would be a horrendous decision for the club to let go of Cooper just seven games into the season and before he is given a chance to gel and mould the squad into his vision, bringing in this vast amount of players is always going to take time.
Cooper managed to get the team promoted to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years and this should not be forgotten now they have made it back to the top level of English football. The players love working with the manager and replacing him could negatively affect the changing room even more than the poor results.
There is every chance Forest experiences not only a relegation battle but relegation itself. Luckily they are well equipped to deal with this as they have invested in young talent who can be sold on if needed. Cooper has already got them into the Premier League and it is hard to see who else would be better equipped for this if they are relegated.
Sacking Cooper could be a disastrous decision and if they were to do so, they would deserve relegation for their lack of loyalty to the reason they are in the top flight.
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