Cooper and the Nottingham crisis: falling victim to the spending wave

Paris St. Germain, FC Barcelona, ​​​​Manchester City, FC Bayern – what do these clubs all have in common? They all spent less on new purchases than Nottingham Forest in the summer. Tricky Trees’ transfer window is insanely deserving of the title like no other and is unprecedented for a newly promoted team, even by Premier League standards.

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No fewer than 22 new players found their way to the European Cup winners of 1979 and 1980 for around 162 million euros. Head coach Steve Cooper faced the monumental task of forming a completely new team including a reserve bench while the club was still turned. Nine of the 23 newcomers did not come to Nottingham until after the first day of match on August 6.

After eight days of matches, it can be said that the balancing act of establishing an entirely new team chemistry and hierarchy while maintaining sporting success in the tough Premier League has failed miserably.

Low against Leicester

Last Monday night, Nottingham was a guest at bottom-ranked Leicester City. Trailing 3-0 after 35 minutes, it was clear that the Foxes would pass the red lantern on to the Tricky Trees – it ended up being 4-0. Leicester fans were already singing at halftime “Discharge in the Morning” towards Cooper. Only a win in eight games is a meager return.

The 42-year-old’s days in Nottingham appear to be numbered after nearly 12 months in office. Reports about the possible successor are doing the rounds in the English media this Tuesday. Cooper has a stellar reputation in England since winning the 2017 U17 World Cup with the Young Lions, but could soon be history.

As the Daily Mail also reports on Tuesday, the entire management level, including Cooper, is in danger of extinction. Nottingham owner Evangelos Marinakis is not known for his patience.

Success at the push of a button

Marinakis has owned the traditional club since 2017. At his other club, Olympiacos Piraeus, he shows that the Greek shipping company is not halfway through business. The 55-year-old has been the majority owner there since 2010. In the 12 years under Marinakis’ leadership, there have been 12 head coaches.

Carlos Corberán was only recently forced to leave his Olympiakos manager position after just 11 competitive games. Because despite 13 newcomers, including players like Real legend Marcelo or James Rodriguez, last year’s champions took only third place in the Greek Super League. Marinakis wants to see success for his investments at all costs – and Cooper will probably feel that soon. Sisyphean labor or not.

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