Leicester Appoint former Forest boss Cooper as manager

A former Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has been appointed by Leicester City as it new manager on a three-year contract.

According to a statement from Sky Sports’ website today, Cooper replaces Enzo Maresca, who left to join Chelsea earlier this summer, at the King Power Stadium after the club carried out a thorough due diligence and spoke to several candidates including Graham Potter.

The statement added, “Cooper had been out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest – Leicester’s East Midlands rivals – last December, as the club languished in 17th place in the Premier League after a run of just one win in 13 games.

“Before that, the 44-year-old guided Forest back into the top flight for the first time in 23 years and then kept them there.”

Speaking to Leicester’s official website, Cooper said, “I am really excited and proud to be appointed Leicester City’s first-team manager.

“This is a fantastic club with a rich history and passionate supporters. I am excited to work with such a talented squad and I’m looking forward to the challenge of achieving our shared ambitions in the Premier League.”

“The Leicester job will not be without its challenges for Cooper, with the Foxes facing a possible points deduction and potentially needing to sell players to comply with the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules,” the statement added.

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