The Championship table since Nottingham Forest hired Cooper

Nottingham Forest’s form under Steve Cooper has been one of the stories of the Football League this season – the table since he was appointed shows what a brilliant job he’s done.

Experienced coach Chris Hughton has led Newcastle and Brighton to promotion to the Championship in the past, but he failed to get the most out of Forest’s squad.

The 63-year-old was sacked in mid-September after Forest made their worst start to any season since 1913. 

The club had taken just one point from their opening seven matches and were in the relegation zone when Cooper was announced as his successor.

Cooper, who enjoyed notable success by leading England’s Under-17s to World Cup glory in 2017, since led Swansea to back-to-back top-six finishes in the Championship

Taking Forest into the play-offs appeared a tall order, given they appeared something of a crisis club when he walked through the door.

Bournemouth to an automatic promotion spot. Who knows what they might have achieved this season if they appointed him last summer.

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