Marinakis ‘would go big’ over key decision at City Ground

Nottingham Forest will go ‘big’ if they decide to sack current manager Steve Cooper in the near future, journalist claims DeanJones.

Cooper has been in charge of the Midlands side since September 2021 and brought them back to the Premier League after a 23-year absence last season, seeing off Huddersfield Town in the Championship play-off final.

What is the latest news about Forest?

Forest have raised several eyebrows on their return to the top flight by bringing in an astonishing 23 new players, either on permanent or temporary deals.

However, signing a large number of acquisitions was a necessity for Cooper, as he saw 16 first-team players leave, including several important stars who were only at the club on loan.

Djed Spence, James Garner, Max Lowe, Philip Zinckernagel, Keinan Davis have all returned to their parent clubs, while first-choice keeper Brice Samba has said he wants to leave.

And that has no doubt played a part in Forest’s slow start to the season, who have picked up just four points from their first seven Premier League games.

This left the newly-promoted side lingering in the relegation zone, and The Telegraph’s Sam Wallace claimed that Cooper was already “under pressure”.

What did Jones say about Forest?

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has sacked five managers in less than five years but has shown plenty of ambition in the previous window, backing Cooper to the tune of around £145million.

And Jones believes the Greek billionaire plans to show just as much ambition in his search for a new boss if he decides to part ways with his current boss.

In an interview with GiveMeSport he said: “If they change managers, I heard they get big.”

Who could Forest name?

At present, some managers with incredibly high profiles are out of work, including Zinedine Zidane, Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino.

The trip has managed Real Madrid, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain in their previous jobs, respectively, and may be out of reach for Forest no matter how much money Marinakis offers them.

More realistic options could therefore come in the form of Domenico Tedesco and Brendan Rodgers.

Tedesco is a highly regarded 37-year-old tactician who was let go at RB Leipzig earlier this season after a disappointing opening a few weeks despite guiding the German side to their first DFB-Pokal last term.

Meanwhile, Rodgers is currently struggling to make a name for himself from bottom-place Leicester City, but has already enjoyed success at the King Power Stadium and with Celtic.

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