May 18, 2024

Nottingham Forest warned of Steve Cooper ‘danger’ amid winless run.

The warning against “wanting too much too soon” was issued to Nottingham Forest in the midst of discussions around manager Steve Cooper’s future.

Forest has gone six games without a victory. In their most recent game, they suffered a 3-0 away loss to Liverpool. The club’s bad run of play has caused them to fall to 16th position in the standings.

It has also led to some criticism of manager Cooper from some areas of the fanbase. Forest have won just one game at home this season, drawing the last three, they return to the City Ground on Sunday when they take on in-form Aston Villa.

Ahead of that game, pundit Michael Brown has given his thoughts on Forest’s season so far. The former midfielder has pointed to performances of Forest against some of the “big six” away from home.

“I’ve heard the criticism of Steve Cooper, saying things like “he’s not very adventurous, and he’s not setting the team up right,” but he told BBC Sport, “You have to look at his record in the Premier League this season.”

“They were really unfortunate against Manchester United, against Arsenal they were close, then there was the Chelsea game that they actually won, so away from home they have been solid. So what do you do? How much do you change?

“Against Manchester City, they were in and around the game and pushed hard. They caused them a few problems, so you have to say away from home they have been successful with the system they have used.”

The former Leeds United, Tottenham and Manchester City player also sent a warning to Forest over making any rash decisions over the manager. He has urged the club to show patience with the Welshman, as they did last season.

Brown added: “Cooper has had tonnes of injuries to deal with and changes in staff this season. I think he’s a talented coach and I just think everyone has to be patient at Forest. You have to be careful that you don’t want too much too soon – that is the danger

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