Steve Cooper has been sacked by Nottingham Forest after winning just one match since September.
Forest heads into the festive season in 17th place, five points clear of the dreaded relegation zone, but that is not enough for the owners. A statement from the club confirmed: “Steve Cooper has been relieved of his duties as head coach of Nottingham Forest, following a spell of over two years in charge.
“Cooper departs The City Ground having played an integral part in Forest’s return to the Premier League, cementing himself firmly into the Club’s rich history after guiding The Reds back into England’s top-flight.
“Appointed as head coach in September 2021, Steve galvanised Forest’s extraordinary rise up the Championship table and into the play-offs, culminating in a memorable win over Huddersfield Town at Wembley Stadium in May 2022. He then went on to manage the team for 55 matches in the Premier League.”
Speaking on Coopers’ exit owner Evangelos Marinakis said: “Everyone at Nottingham Forest would like to thank Steve for his superb contribution to our football club. His achievement in guiding Forest back to the Premier League will undoubtedly remain an iconic moment in the Club’s history.
“We thank Steve for his dedication and commitment during his time with us, as well as the incredible connection he forged with our supporters and the city of Nottingham. “Steve will always remain a friend of the Club and will forever be welcome at The City Ground. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
The club have been linked with former Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Nuno has been without a job since he was dismissed by Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al-Ittihad in November, just months after winning the title.