Nottingham Forest (33/1 – To be Promoted) have confirmed Steve Cooper has agreed to succeed Chris Hughton after the Championship outfit agreed compensation with his former club Swansea City.
Forest are rooted to the bottom of the table after picking up four points from their first eight games, although they did beat Huddersfield 2-0 last time out to record their first win of the campaign.
Hughton’s last game in charge was the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough but Forest have acted quickly to replace him, with Cooper signing a two-year contract.
Cooper left Swansea in July, two months after they lost in the Championship play-off final to Brentford, but he remained under contract with the Swans.
Forest managed to agree a compensation package and Cooper becomes the club’s 14th manager in the last decade since Billy Davies departed in the summer of 2011.
After leading Swansea to successive play-off finishes, Forest chief executive Dane Murphy believes Cooper is the perfect man for the job.
He told Forest’s official club website: “Steve was our first choice as head coach, and we are delighted to have secured his services. His record of developing young talent is exceptional.
“Steve knows what is required to be successful in the Championship and has a proven track record with Swansea.
“We have reduced the age of our squad over the summer, and Steve is the ideal coach to blend a team to start moving us up the table.
“On behalf of the owner and the Board, we welcome Steve to the club and look forward to providing every support he needs to be a success at Nottingham Forest”.
Cooper’s first game in charge will be on Saturday when Forest host Millwall at the City Ground (Forest 7/4, Draw 11/5, Millwall 7/4 – Match Odds).