We can stay up! Steve Cooper insists he is “100 per cent confident” that his Nottingham Forest players can avoid relegation in the Premier League, despite the difficulties at the start of the season…
- Nottingham Forest fell off the bottom of the table with a draw in Brighton
- Manager Steve Cooper remains under intense scrutiny despite signing new deal
- But he is adamant that his squad is strong enough to go straight back down
- That belief will be tested with Forest against Liverpool and Arsenal next
Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper has reaffirmed his belief that his side can avoid relegation this season.
Forest earned a point in their 0-0 draw at Brighton on Tuesday, putting them at the bottom of the league table above Leicester City.
After much speculation about his future, Cooper signed a new contract this month, but he remains under scrutiny after overseeing a summer spend of over £150million for his new team.
Steve Cooper insists Nottingham Forest will avoid relegation from Premier League
Forest picked up a point in a goalless draw at Brighton on Tuesday night to advance to 19th
When asked after the Brighton game whether he believed Forest would stay and whether he agreed with the squad that had been put together, Cooper replied: “Everything here is definitely a collective effort.
“I was asked before the game, I believe 100 percent in these players and I enjoy working with them.
“One thing I see every day is that while we obviously didn’t manage to get the points, I’ve seen a group of players who want to be here, commit themselves every day and strive to do better for themselves.” and the club and that’s why we brought them here.
“It’s a collective effort, a lot has been said about the number of players that have come in, etc. But with the players we have here, we work very closely with them and build good relationships with them.”
Brighton fired 19 shots at Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson (pictured) in the match
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Forest has appointed sporting director Filippo Giraldi to control roles within the club and has since fired head of recruitment George Syrianos and scout Andy Scott.
They are actively seeking replacements as they continue to assess the squad ahead of the January market.
Cooper has had to adjust his normal tactical approach in an effort to grind results lately, but will want to return to his principles when the players he has at his disposal are more used to the top flight.
‘Is that exactly what we want to be tonight? No, but there were signs and certainly without the ball only a few goals have been scored in the last three games,” said Cooper.
“It was a shame we couldn’t keep a clean sheet against Wolves this weekend, but there has been little progress. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to improve on, but there is definitely a commitment from the players every day.
“I tell the players every day how much I believe in them because I really do.
“I see them every day, I see the abilities, I see their attitude, desire and dedication to wanting to become the team we need to be, so I’m really happy about that and what we need to do is pick up enough points while we make it.” become the team we want to be… and then we have Liverpool!’
Cooper seemed pleased with his side’s determination as they kept Brighton to a goalless draw