Recently appointed Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper has revealed that he wants to play attacking football at the City Ground.
In an open letter to Nottingham Forest fans shared on the club website, Cooper revealed that one of his first goals is to get Forest playing creative and attacking football, as well as suggesting that his ultimate ambition is to reinstate the Reds as a Premier League side.
The 41-year-old went on to state that he plans to work closely with the club’s academy setup, as he believes it is important to keep a regular flow of young players pushing for a first-team place at the City Ground.
Considering the general trend of Nottingham Forest in recent years, with Chris Hughton often coming under fire for his defensively minded style of play, as well as the club signing large quantities of older players on relatively big contracts in the past few seasons, in addition to results on the pitch being nowhere near good enough, the fact that Cooper appears to be a manager who is very much the opposite of Hughton in many regards is sure to delight fans of the club.
Indeed, with Cooper achieving back to back top six Championship finishes with a Swansea City side that boasted a number of impressive young players, should the 41-year-old be able to repeat this feat with Forest, he will certainly go a long way to winning the club’s fanbase over.
And, while getting a team who are only off the bottom of the Championship table as a result of Derby County’s 12 point deduction playing creative and attacking football is easier said than done, the fact that Cooper has stated his desire to do so will undoubtedly come as music to the ears of the Garibaldi fans, who have suffered for far too long in the second tier of English football.