Steve Cooper close to being appointed new Leicester City head coach | Football News

Steve Cooper is close to being appointed the new Leicester City head coach. 

Negotiations are in the final stages after the 44-year-old emerged as the Premier League club’s preferred candidate.

Cooper has been on a shortlist that also included former Brighton and Chelsea boss Graham Potter.

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Nottingham Forest’s former head coach Steve Cooper said the job meant the world to him in his last press conference before being relieved of his duties at the City Ground.

The Welshman has been out of work since being sacked by Nottingham Forest last December, who he was in charge of for just over two years. The club were in 17th place in the table after a run of just one win in 13 matches when he left.

Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture date: Wednesday December 6, 2023.
Cooper was sacked by Nottingham Forest last December

Leicester won promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking having won last season’s Championship, but are looking for a new head coach after previous boss Enzo Maresca recently joined Chelsea.

Leicester’s opening six Premier League fixtures

  • Aug 19: Tottenham (h) – live on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football – kick-off 8pm
  • Aug 24: Fulham (a)
  • Aug 31: Aston Villa (h)
  • Sept 14: Crystal Palace (a)
  • Sept 21: Everton (h)
  • Sept 28: Arsenal (a)

Cooper has previously been in charge of the England U16 and U17 international sides, winning the World Cup with the latter in 2017, before managing Championship side Swansea City from 2019-2021.

Heskey: New manager’s aim must be to stay in the Premier League

Leicester City legend Emile Heskey says the aim for the next manager is simply to try and stay in the Premier League amid a limited capacity to sign new players.

Speaking at the launch of Husqvarna’s Victory Dance campaign, he insisted the best way to achieve that would be to continue the style of football implemented by Maresca.

Heskey told Sky Sports: “Leicester have gone down the route of having someone in Maresca, who revolutionised the way that we think as a club in the sense of the way that we play.

“It would be crazy to change everything around. Even when you look at U21s, they have started to implement a lot of the fundamentals that Maresca had.

“You would like to think the next manager would take that on and keep it going and play a lot of the younger lads, because the reality is I’m not sure how much we can spend to really get that squad up to par with what is needed to stay in the league.

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Christian Fuchs believes Leicester will need to ‘act fast’ in replacing Enzo Maresca, as the Foxes face new challenges with the threat of starting the season with a points deduction.

“We ran through the Championship pretty much easily with a bit of a blip. If we can keep Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, that would be outstanding and unbelievable, because he’s really the main player.

“The aim has to be to stay in the Premier League. We have to reset and work again. Staying in the league is key and then you build from there, especially if you’re not able to spend the money you need to spend to get the squad up to par.

“The reality is that squad is pretty similar to the squad that came down. Yes, in the forward line Jamie Vardy has signed again, but who else have we got? That is a key position that needs to be rectified.

“I would say defensively, the centre-back position would be important as well and then possibly a midfielder.”


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