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Ex-Swansea City boss Steve Cooper installed as favourite to replace Chris Hughton as Nottingham Forest manager

Steve Cooper is the early favourite to become the next Nottingham Forest manager.

Forest have endured a torrid start to the 2021/22 campaign, collecting just one point from their opening seven league fixtures.

Following their 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough on Wednesday night, Forest were left rooted to the foot of the Championship table.

On Thursday morning, the club announced that Hughton had been officially sacked.

And TheSackRace have listed former Swansea boss Cooper as the 4/5 odds-on favourite to replace Hughton. It’s understood the 41-year-old is a firm target of the club.

Cooper has been out of work since leaving Swansea in July. The Welshman guided Swansea to back-to-back play-off finishes during his two campaigns with the club.

Chris Wilder is the 3/1 second favourite to become Forest’s next manager while John Terry is further back at 10/1 to land the role at The City Ground.

On Tuesday, Terry distanced himself from the job in a post on social media.

Alex Neil (12/1) and Frank Lampard (20/1) are also among those listed for the vacancy.

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A Nottingham Forest statement read: “Nottingham Forest can confirm that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as first team manager.

“The club would like to place on record its’ appreciation for Chris’s efforts. Chris joined the club in a difficult period for everyone in football and around the world and we thank him for the way he has conducted himself during his tenure.

“Steven Reid will take temporary charge of the first team as interim head coach.

“The search for the permanent successor has begun and the club will update supporters in due course.

“The club would like to wish Chris all the best in his future career.”

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Next Nottingham Forest manager odds

Steve Cooper – 4/5

Chris Wilder – 3/1

John Terry – 10/1

Alex Neil – 12/1

Frank Lampard – 20/1

(Odds courtesy of Bet Victor, correct at time of publishing)

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