Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper is on the verge of dismissal following a crushing 5-0 defeat by Fulham on Wednesday. Martin O'Neill, a former Forest player and manager, shares his thoughts on the situation.
Despite the Forest fans chanting Cooper's name in a show of support after the match, the team finds itself in a serious rut. The Tricky Trees have suffered four consecutive losses, and many believe the heavy defeat to Fulham might be the final blow for Cooper.
The next challenge for Forest is against Wolves at Molineux. However, it remains uncertain whether Cooper will continue in his role until then.
O'Neill, acknowledging the disappointment of Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, comments on the team's performance.
"Well, Steve (Cooper) did brilliantly when he joined the football club. Taking over when they were in the depths of the relegation zone, he successfully led them to promotion," O'Neill said.
"In their first season back, with substantial investment from Mr. Marinakis, the goal was clear. Last season focused on returning to the league, and this season aimed at pushing forward. It's a disappointment for the owner."
Reflecting on the recent defeat, O'Neill expresses surprise, saying, "I don’t think Fulham has scored five goals in the last five years. They don’t score too many, and tonight they've dismantled Nottingham Forest."
Fulham, like Forest, recently returned to the Premier League, highlighting a significant gap in quality between the two teams.
Despite the ongoing support from Forest fans, it appears unlikely that Cooper will remain in his position until the weekend. A loss against Wolves, if he lasts until then, could undoubtedly prove fatal to his managerial tenure.