Rafa Benitez lined up as the new Nottingham Forest manager with Steve Cooper on the sidelines of the sack after Leicester abuse

NOTTINGHAM FOREST is reportedly lined up to replace manager Steve Cooper with Rafa Benitez as a strong candidate.

The club got off to a bad start on their return to the Premier League and are currently bottom of the table.

Steve Cooper is in danger of being sacked by Nottingham Forest

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Steve Cooper is in danger of being sacked by Nottingham ForestPhoto credit: Reuters
Rafael Benitez is being considered as a possible replacement

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Rafael Benitez is being considered as a possible replacementCredit: Alamy

They have collected just four points from eight games and the manner of last night’s 4-0 loss to rivals and fellow contenders Leicester leaves Cooper at risk of being sacked.

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has started looking for possible new managers.

Ex-Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Benitez is in frame for the job, claims The Telegraph.

The Spaniard, 62, last had an unsuccessful stint at Everton and has been unemployed since his sacking in early 2022.

He has also been linked with the vacant position at Olympiacos, the club also owned by Marinakis, but they pursued other options.

Also under consideration is former Burnley manager Sean Dyche, who has reportedly visited the City Ground this season.

Benitez and Dyche could both be wise appointments given their experience of keeping relegation-threatened teams in the division with Newcastle and the Clarets respectively.

Any new manager has to work with a squad that looks disjointed after Forest signed a staggering 23 new players over the summer.

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The club have matched the £200m cash spend on new signings and Cooper has been under pressure for a number of weeks as fans have yet to see the benefits on the pitch.

Forest are on a streak of five straight defeats and recent losses to Bournemouth, Fulham and Leicester have damaged confidence.

There is also reportedly tension behind the scenes regarding Cooper.

His contract with the club expires at the end of this season and he has yet to sign a new deal after much speculation.

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