Nottingham Forest has officially announced the hiring of Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager, marking a significant change following the dismissal of Steve Cooper. This development comes as the club, currently positioned 17th in the Premier League standings, seeks to enhance its performance and avoid relegation.


As reported by Sky Sports, Nuno Espirito Santo has inked a two-and-a-half-year contract with Nottingham Forest.


Background of Nuno Espirito Santo:

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– Previous Tenure: Nuno Espirito Santo boasts a notable managerial career, commencing in 2012 with Rio Ave, where he achieved domestic success and secured their first-ever Europa League qualification.

– Success at Wolverhampton Wanderers: His most prominent spell was with Wolverhampton Wanderers from 2017 to 2021, guiding the team from the Championship to the Premier League and reaching the Europa League quarter-finals.

– Brief Stint at Tottenham Hotspur: Following his tenure at Wolves, Nuno had a brief stint with Tottenham Hotspur in 2021.

– Recent Work: Before joining Nottingham Forest, Nuno managed Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad but faced dismissal in November.

Appointment Details:

– Contract Length: Nuno has committed to a two-and-a-half-year contract with Nottingham Forest.

– Immediate Challenges: His managerial debut will be against Bournemouth, a crucial match given the team’s precarious position just above the relegation zone.

Reason for Change:

– Nottingham Forest’s decision to part ways with Steve Cooper stemmed from a string of poor performances, with the team securing only one win in their last 13 matches.

– Club’s Statement: Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis expressed gratitude for Cooper’s contributions but emphasized the necessity for change to enhance the team’s performance.

Focus on Improvement:

– The club and its supporters are optimistic that Nuno Espirito Santo’s extensive experience and successful track record in the Premier League will catalyze a positive turnaround for the team.

– Nuno Espirito Santo’s appointment is deemed a pivotal move for Nottingham Forest as they strive to stabilize and elevate their position in the league.

– His familiarity with the Premier League and past accomplishments with Wolverhampton Wanderers are viewed as crucial assets that could aid the team during this challenging phase.