April 13, 2024

Ahead of their encounter against Wolves, Michael Owen has stated that Nottingham Forest had intended to fire Steve Cooper for “some time.”

Cooper is facing increasing pressure at Forest after his team has lost four straight Premier League games, the most recent of which being a 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Fulham on Wednesday.

According to Mail Sport, Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is ready to begin the search for a new management. Marinakis is accused of tossing his match credentials into a bush after leaving the game early.

Before today’s away encounter against Wolves, Cooper has stated he is not thinking about his situation.

Owen, a former striker for Man United and Liverpool, called it “ridiculous” that there are rumors that Cooper will be fired if he loses to Wolves.

ael Owen has claimed it is ‘ridiculous’ Cooper could be sacked if Forest lose on Saturday

The pundit suggested the Crystal Palace job would be 'perfect' for Cooper should he be sacked

The pundit suggested the Crystal Palace job would be ‘perfect’ for Cooper should he be sacked

Michael Owen has claimed it is 'ridiculous' Cooper could be sacked if Forest lose on Saturday

According to the pundit, who is writing on X, if Forest were to fire Cooper, the Welshman would be a great fit to take over at Crystal Palace and would not be out of job for very long.

Owen wrote, “I’m having trouble understanding how today could make or break Steve Cooper.”

‘Lose and you lose your job? Ridiculous if that’s the case.

‘Although it seems the club have been looking to part company for some time. If it wasn’t for the fans’ love for him he’d be long gone. And if it happens, he won’t be out of work long.

‘The Crystal Palace job looks perfect for him.’

Mail Sport reported that Cooper remains a long-term managerial target for Palace and has significant backing at the south London club.

If the Forest boss is dismissed, Palace may consider accelerating their long-term plan to replace Roy Hodgson before the end of the season if they believe Cooper is obtainable.

Mail Sport understands there is growing agitation behind the scenes at Palace over Hodgson’s position at the club amid growing supporter discontent.

Ian Ladyman told Chris Sutton on Mail Sport’s It’s All Kicking Off podcast that Forest firing Cooper might have a cascading effect across the Premier League.

“I believe that Steve’s time is likely coming to an end,” he said to Sutton on Thursday’s show.

“I’m not saying it’s right, but based on what we’re hearing, I believe Steve may be headed there. What’s interesting is that there’s a theory that says if Cooper leaves, Crystal Palace might feel pressured to take action regarding Roy Hodgson in order to bring Cooper in.”

In the Premier League, something akin to a domino effect might soon occur. And that illustrates how unstable a manager’s position might be.

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