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Nottingham Forest manager Cooper revels in life-changing Premier League promotion

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 29 May 2022

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper recognised that Sunday’s Championship play-off final win over Huddersfield Town is life changing.

Forest beat the Terriers 1-0 at Wembley to secure their long-awaited return to the Premier League.

They have not played a top-flight match since the 1998-99 season, with their 23-year gap between Premier League seasons being the longest for any club.

Their success on Sunday highlighted the astonishing turnaround inspired by Cooper, who took over the club in September when they were second from bottom in the Championship – only Derby County, who had been deducted 12 points early in the season, were below the two-time European champions.

But since then, Cooper has won 60 per cent of his 45 games in charge, the best win ratio of any Forest manager (minimum 15 matches) since the club joined the Football League in the 1982-93 season.

In that time, Forest’s 27 victories across all competitions is more than any other Championship club, and Cooper – who lost to Brentford with Swansea City in last season’s play-offs – was fully aware of the gravity of securing promotion.

“It’s relief and pride – this isn’t about me, but it’s changed my life, potentially anyway,” Cooper told Sky Sports.

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