Steve Cooper admits he relishes steering Nottingham Forest through troubled waters


Steve Cooper insists he’s relishing steering Nottingham Forest through troubled waters… as the Premier League newcomers prepare for their crucial bottom-two clash at Leicester

  • Nottingham Forest face rock-bottom Leicester in the Premier League on Monday
  • Steve Cooper’s side sit in 19th place with just four points after seven matches 
  • But Cooper has admitted that he is thriving on the pressure at the City Ground
  • He insisted that Forest’s tactics will not change despite their fruitless start 

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper is thriving on the pressure of leading his side through troubled waters.

Forest have endured a tough start to their Premier League return and sit in the bottom three after seven games, having lost their last four.

They visit Leicester on Monday in the clash of the two under-pressure managers, with Brendan Rodgers fearing the sack after a raft of defeats.

Steve Cooper is thriving on the pressure of leading Nottingham Forest through difficult times

Cooper has only ever known good times at the City Ground, having taken over just over a year ago when Forest were bottom of the Championship before leading them to promotion.

But he says steering the club through tricky times means more to him as a leader.

‘Actually managing something so important to me like this football club… it is like we have lost 20 games, it is so negative,’ he said.

Nottingham Forest travel to the King Power on Monday night to face rock-bottom Leicester

Nottingham Forest travel to the King Power on Monday night to face rock-bottom Leicester

‘But we do have to get out of this little run and I am open-minded enough and open enough to say it means more to me standing up and being a leader in difficult moments (than it does) in the good moments.

‘I am the first person that everyone looks for and that is most important to me than anything else really.’

Cooper insists he will stick to his guns in his approach, though is also prepared for it to evolve.

Scott McKenna and his side sit 19th in the Premier League on four points after seven matches

Scott McKenna and his side sit 19th in the Premier League on four points after seven matches

‘It is recognising the situation you are in, the context you are in and working even harder to improve and doing it the way you believe in and sticking to your principles, sticking to your plan and evolving and adapting and tweaking,’ he said.

‘You have to be open-minded to that but in the end sticking to what you really stand for.’

Forest will assess Morgan Gibbs-White (foot) and Scott McKenna (knee) ahead of the game. Orel Mangala, Moussa Niakhate and Omar Richards remain sidelined.

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