The job in Nottingham Forest means more to me than ever – Steve Cooper

Steve Cooper says his job at Nottingham Forest is more important to him than ever.

The Forest head coach was asked if he felt the pressure after four consecutive Premier League defeats.

And as he prepares his side for an East Midlands derby at Leicester City on Monday, he says the break between games since the 3-2 defeat by Fulham before the international break has only focused his thoughts on what his role means him.

Leicester manager Brendan Rogers enters the game amid speculation about his future, with defeat likely to put him in a dangerous position.

But even a fifth loss in a row would not do Cooper a great favor as he tries to establish Forest in the top flight.

“Nobody likes this situation, it’s not nice. But it’s counterproductive to think that way,” Cooper said when asked if he felt the pressure. “I think everyone knows how important this job is to me since I’ve been here. That just grew.

“When I get a little break and some time to think, I really realize how much it means to me. If something, someone or whatever is really important to you, then that will be improved in difficult times.

“I really feel how lucky I am to be here; how privileged I am and how proud. I know how much it really means to me.

“With that in mind comes a real determination and a desire to improve. The reality is that it’s not common for a team that’s been promoted to go through a bad patch. What we need to do is minimize, limit and improve that. Let’s move on. The job in Nottingham Forest means more to me than ever – Steve Cooper

John Verrall

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