Nottingham Forest has agreed to compensation with Swansea for hiring Steve Cooper as the next manager.
The 41-year-old is set to be named to the City Ground after a fee of around Â£ 1.2million has been agreed between the clubs.
Cooper remained on his 2022 contract at Liberty Stadium despite stepping down as head coach in July.
Discussions continue on the final details of his new contract with Forest, as interim boss Steven Reid prepares to take the team to Huddersfield on Saturday.
Sky Sports News Cooper reported Thursday that Cooper was in talks with Forest, having been identified as their preferred candidate to succeed Chris Hughton.
Hughton was sacked Thursday with Forest at the bottom of the championship, having gone winless and having lost six of his first seven games.
They see Cooper as the man to develop their young and underachieving squad, after he was highly regarded at Liberty Stadium for leading the Swans to the Championship play-off final on a modest budget last season.
They tried to discuss a new contract with him, but he left and was also considered by Premier League club Crystal Palace when they searched for a new manager this summer, who eventually saw them nominate Patrick Vieira.
Why Steve Cooper?
Cooper’s track record of improving young players at Liberty Stadium, and previous work with youth teams at the FA, make him particularly appealing to Forest’s hierarchy, Sky Sports News has been said.
Forest currently has 14 members of the Under-25 first team, including much-loved striker Brennan Johnson – a summer target for Premier League Brentford.
Talks between Forest and representatives for Cooper are said to be at a relatively early stage, so it is likely that interim manager Steven Reid will be in charge of the clash with Huddersfield on Saturday.
Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was also among the favorites to take over at Forest, with initial talks but the club decided to pursue other management options.
Cooper would become Forest’s 20th manager since 2011; the club having continued the trend of changing canoes at least once a year since Billy Davies first term.
Sabri Lamouchi remains the oldest manager of the last decade; in charge for a little over 15 months.
Analysis: “Deep-rooted problems must be solved”
Sky Sports EFL expert David Prutton:
âIt’s not surprising – and I don’t mean it in a callous way by any stretch of the imagination. He had been there since October of last year and, in terms of the championship, almost a year is a hell of a time to try and get it right in a football club.
âI feel like there are a lot of deep-rooted issues that need to be addressed. Forest has seen a ridiculous number of players over the past two or three seasons, with turnover in the ’80s, if I remember correctly But if you look at the team [that played Middlesbrough], this is a team that shouldn’t be at the bottom of the league. It’s a team that shouldn’t be supporting the rest of the division and I think Chris – like all managers do when their teams aren’t playing well – has paid the price.
“There is a team out there that has to look at each other, but after seeing them over the course of this year, after seeing how well they’ve done under Sabri Lamouchi in the season that ended in heartbreak when they missed the playoffs they played in a way where Chris had to settle down defensively and had to stop what was wrong at the back. Sometimes I think that sacrificed them for go forward.
âIn a few games that we covered, I almost felt like they were just settling for one point with 70 minutes on the clock, which when the fans aren’t around is a little easier to do. When they are, that frustration happens and I think it was very clearly shown against Middlesbrough, where even sections of the home crowd were calling on Chris to go.
âHis credentials are there for everyone. This success he has had at the second level – being able to bring teams back to the Premier League – is something Forest has been clamoring for since I first played for them at the end of the day. 90s. But a succession of teams, players and coaches who have fallen short leaves them where they are now.