With Steve Cooper’s job in the balance at Nottingham Forest, former Tottenham Hotspur boss Nuno Espirito Santo has emerged as a candidate to take over at the newly-promoted Premier League side.

After achieving promotion from the Championship through the playoffs last season, Nottingham Forest had a pretty crazy summer of transfer dealings. With over 20 signings, expectations were high.

Forest have struggled to adapt to life in the top flight though. With just one win in their opening eight matches, Steve Cooper’s side sit at the foot of the Premier League table.

Cooper’s job is now at risk, with the Forest board said to be considering relieving him of his duties sooner rather than later.

It’s understandable really. After spending £145 million in the summer (Transfermarkt), you’re probably entitled to expect some kind of return on the pitch.

Cooper has certainly banked a lot of good faith from the club’s board and supporters after leading Forest to promotion last season, but that can only carry you so far at the top level.

According to The Athletic, former Spurs manager Nuno Espirito Santo is on the shortlist to replace Cooper should it come to that.

Nuno’s short, disastrous time in charge of Tottenham lasted just four months before he was replaced by Antonio Conte. In his 17 games as manager, Santo won nine and lost seven (Transfermarkt), and was heavily criticised by fans.

The Portuguese manager is now in charge of Al-Ittihad Club, in the Saudi Professional League.

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It’s no surprise that Steve Cooper’s job is at risk after the level of investment from the Nottingham Forest board over the summer. Nevertheless, I hardly think Nuno Espirito Santo is the man to save the club from relegation.

While Santo did a good job with Wolves, his impact there waned as time went on, and his spell in charge of Tottenham really highlighted his tactical deficiencies. Good luck to Forest if they do choose Nuno, that’s all I can say.

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