Steve Cooper’s departure from his position as manager of Nottingham Forest has been officially announced.
Forest has only won once since the September international break. The decision was made in response to their 2-0 loss at home to 10-man Tottenham Hotspur on Friday night.
Cooper left Forest on Tuesday, according to the club, which is currently five points above the Premier League relegation zone and ranked 17th overall.
Nuno Espirito Santo, a former manager of Wolves and Spurs, is expected to take over at Forest ahead of Saturday’s visit from Bournemouth.
Two months after leaving his position at Swansea City, Cooper was named Forest’s manager in September 2021. Cooper guided the team to promotion in his first season in charge, even though they finished last in the Championship after beating Huddersfield Town in the play-off final.
In their first season back in the top flight, Forest made an incredible 29 signings in the summer and winter transfer windows. They finished the season in 16th place, four points above the drop zone.
Although they experienced a calmer summer in 2023, their performance in the Premier League has not improved in their second season.
“Steve has been a tremendous asset to Nottingham Forest football club. We would all like to thank him.”
Evangelos Marinakis, the club’s owner, stated that “his accomplishment in leading Forest back to the Premier League will surely remain an iconic moment in the Club’s history.”
“We are grateful to Steve for the wonderful relationship he built with Nottingham and our supporters, as well as for his hard work and devotion during his time with us.”