Nottingham Forest Names Nuno Espirito Santo as New Head Coach
Less than twenty-four hours have passed since Steve Cooper, the 49-year-old’s boss of the Reds, was released from his duties on Tuesday afternoon following two unforgettable years in charge.
Cooper kept Forest in the top division with a 16th-place finish the previous season before leading the team back into the Premier League via the Championship playoffs in 2021–2022.
Cooper’s Forest has lost all 13 of his Premier League games since taking over, and the team is currently five points above the relegation zone in 17th position.
Nuno, the former manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur, has agreed to a two-and-a-half-year contract extension with Forest that runs until June 2026. Cooper will be replaced by Nuno.
Having led teams in the Premier League, La Liga, Primeira Liga, Champions League, and Europa League during his managerial career, the Portuguese has over 460 games under his belt.
Nuno managed Wolves for four years, winning the Championship title, after stints at Rio Ave, Valencia, and Porto. In his first two seasons as a Premier League manager, he finished eighth both times.
Nuno concluded his glorious tenure at Molineux in 2021 and joined Tottenham, however the North Londoners fired him after just five months in charge after he managed to win just eight of his 17 games across all competitions. Nuno also guided Wolves to the Europa League quarterfinals in 2019–20.
His most recent managerial stint was with Al Ittihad in Saudi Arabia, where he won 36 of his 56 games in charge until being fired in November. Under his leadership, the team won the Saudi Pro League and the Saudi Super Cup in 2022–2023.
When Forest hosts Bournemouth at the City Ground in the Premier League on Saturday, Nuno will be managing his first match, the club has revealed.