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‘For me’: Stuart Pearce has his say on whether Nottingham Forest should sack Steve Cooper
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‘For me’: Stuart Pearce has his say on whether Nottingham Forest should sack Steve Cooper

Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce believes Steve Cooper needs to be given more time at the City Ground.

Speaking on TalkSPORT, Pearce was asked about Cooper’s future at Forest.

Forest plummeted to the bottom of the Premier League after a disappointing 4-0 defeat to Leicester City.

Cooper’s side capitulated in the first half, and were 3-0 down before the break.

Nottingham Forest have now lost five league matches on the bounces, and Cooper’s job appears to be at serious risk.

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A report from The Telegraph suggested that Rafa Benitez could be in line to replace him.

However, Pearce believes that Forest have to give Steve Cooper more time after what he achieved last season.

Cooper has been dealt a very tough hand this season, having to integrate a record number of new signings into the squad.

Eight new players started against Leicester last night, with four of Cooper’s five changes also new recruits.

That lack of familiarly appears to be hindering Forest massively right now.

Pearce: ‘Cooper has to be given time’

The managerial merry-go-round could go into overdrive very quickly if Forest sack Cooper.

Wolverhampton Wanderers dismissed Bruno Lage at the weekend, with his former boss one candidate possibly in line to replace him.

Meanwhile Bournemouth, Chelsea and Brighton have also already made changes on the touchline.

If Cooper goes, a quarter of Premier League clubs would have already changed managers this season.

However, Pearce is adamant the ‘outstanding’ Cooper needs to be given more time.

“It’s one of the most difficult jobs, with the history of the club, the ownership previously, it was very, very difficult.” Pearce said.

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“Steve (Cooper) achieved that (promotion). They had one point at this stage of the season last year.

“For me, he was manager of the year by a million miles last season.

“You’ve got to turn around and say ‘we’re only eight games in’.

“You don’t quite understand, with 22 players coming into the football club, how destabilising that can be.

“Who’s brought those players into the football club? Have all of them been sanctioned by the manager or are they partly down to the ownership as well?

“I think they’ve got an outstanding manager at the club, and he has to be given time to settle all of those players into a rhythm of how he’s going to play.”

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