New Nott’m Forest head coach speaks for the first time after agreeing two-and-a-half year deal

Nuno Espirito Santo says he has been appointed as Nottingham Forest head coach to build on the legacy of his predecessor Steve Cooper.


The 49-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year contract at the City Ground, and will be in the dugout for the first time on Saturday when Forest host AFC Bournemouth.

What Steve [Cooper] did here is amazing,” Nuno said.


“Putting Forest back in the Premier League, keeping Forest in the Premier League. That shows how good Forest fans are, the respect they show for Steve. That says a lot about our fans.


“We are trying to improve his legacy.










What we can bring is to try and improve the players. Help players become better, give them the solution that they need to compete well – starting on Saturday.


“Play good and win – that’s the biggest challenge we have ahead of us. It’s a huge challenge.”


Nuno arrives at Forest with his new side sitting five points above 18th-place Luton Town, who have played a match fewer.


What I expect is the players that are here in the building solve the situation – then we think about the rest. But now it’s who’s inside that’s important.


“What I saw today really gives me the assurance we are in a good way in terms of togetherness.


“The players work together, they respect each other. That is the first step.


“I never managed a squad of this size. That will be a challenge. But a chance for everybody.”


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