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Steve Cooper handed final Nottingham Forest chance following board discussions

The current Forest boss will remain in charge for this weekend’s action

Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has been handed another chance to prove himself in the Premier League following a board meeting between the club hierarchy, it is reported.

The Forest boss helped guide them back into the top flight for the first time this Millenium last season, but after a summer of upheaval which saw 23 new signings, things have not got off to a good start.

A 4-0 defeat to midlands rivals Leicester City at the King Power left them bottom of the Premier League, with just one win to their name so far this campaign, a poor return on the £150m summer investment.

Asked about his future after another defeat, Cooper said that he would prefer to concentrate on the results rather than his personal issues.

“I completely understand the situation and the question and respect it 100 per cent”, he explained.

“But my concern is we have lost another game for this club, not my own situation because I care more about the club more than my personal circumstances.

“I’m not thinking about my personal situation apart from how I can be at my best every day, but the tougher it gets the more I work and the more it means to me.”

Now, it seems as though he has been granted a stay of execution, with the Telegraph reporting that “Evangelos Marinakis, the club’s owner, held detailed talks with other high-level board members this [Wednesday] afternoon and it was concluded that Cooper will remain in his post for now.”

The decision was not difficult either, with the report adding that “it was unanimously decided that Cooper will earn a stay of execution, with Marinakis insisting that Cooper deserves patience to be shown.”

It means that the clash with Aston Villa on Monday night has taken on even greater magnitude for the Nottingham outfit, who take on a struggling Steven Gerrard’s side in a game that could have major repercussions for both managers.

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