Nuno agrees to take Nottingham Forest job after Steve Cooper sacked

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Former Tottenham and Wolves head coach, Nuno Espírito Santo, has accepted the position as Nottingham Forest's new manager. Following a disappointing run of form with only one win in 13 matches, the club decided to part ways with previous manager, Steve Cooper. Nuno has been tasked with leading the team, who are currently placed 17th in the Premier League and five points ahead of the relegation zone.

Nuno recently lost his job at the Saudi Arabian team Al-Ittihad in November. This occurred a few months after he secured the title there. In November 2021, his brief stint of 17 games as a Premier League manager for Spurs came to an unsuccessful end. Prior to this, Nuno, who is represented by Jorge Mendes as his agent, guided Wolves into the top division and maintained their position for three consecutive seasons. He is anticipated to finalize a 2.5-year agreement to join Nottingham Forest.

The team of Forest made the decision to terminate Cooper from his position as coach, due to their recent performance which includes five lost matches and only one draw in the last six games. Despite Cooper surviving a severe setback after losing 5-0 against Fulham, and attaining a draw of 1-1 with Wolves this month, Forest have decided to act following their latest 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham last Friday. The club has only made one successful win since the beginning of September, and that was against Aston Villa on 5th November, which was played at home.

The owner of Nottingham Forest, Evangelos Marinakis, expressed his gratitude towards Steve for his remarkable contribution to the football club. He acknowledged Steve's great accomplishment in leading Forest to return to the Premier League, which will be remembered as a significant milestone in the club's history.

We express our gratitude to Steve for his unwavering loyalty and perseverance during his tenure with us. Not only did he establish an exceptional bond with our devotees and the town of Nottingham, but he also became an affable acquaintance of the club. We will always greet him with open arms whenever he chooses to visit the City Ground. We sincerely hope that he succeeds in all his future undertakings.

The Forest crew talked to Oliver Glasner, a past manager of Eintracht Frankfurt, to see if he would like to fill the job. While he did express interest, the crew found another contender, Nuno, to be their top pick. They also considered Julen Lopetegui, a previous manager for Wolves, but after initial talks, they did not move forward with the idea.

Cooper's job has been in jeopardy multiple times since he earned a promotion via the playoffs in May 2022. Although loyal fans have supported him, many have become divided on his future. As a result, Marinakis has made the decision to let Cooper go and informed him of his exit on Tuesday.

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