Nottingham Forest transfer policy in chaos as Steve Cooper out of step with owner Evangelos Marinakis


FOREST’s promotion to the Prem was the feel-good story of the summer.

But behind the scenes, the situation seems chaotic.


Boss Steve Cooper could be in disagreement over transfers with Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis after his promotion to the PremCredit: EPA
England midfielder Jesse Lingard of Man Utd is one of 11 top arrivals


England midfielder Jesse Lingard of Man Utd is one of 11 top arrivalsCredit: Getty

Boss Steve Cooper and his staff don’t seem to be completely in tune with owner Evangelos Marinakis and his hiring policy.

Nottingham Forest have loaned Dean Henderson plus Taiwo Awoniyi (£17.2m), Neco Williams (£17m), Orel Mangala (£12.75m), Moussa Niakhate (£10m) , Omar Richards (£10m), Harry Toffolo and Lewis. O’Brien (joint £10m deal), Giulian Biancone (£5m), Wayne Hennessey (free) and Jesse Lingard (free).

Surprisingly, it looks like Forest have offered up to 30 players, while leaving a large number of those transfers up in the air.

SunSport spoke to sporting directors from other teams who claimed they had tried to sign a player, the selling club said Forest had already come first.

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But if the deals aren’t done, which appears to be the case, the whole transfer merry-go-round becomes muddled.

Marinakis, who also owns Olympiakos in Greece, has a team of agents working tirelessly to strengthen the squad.

But there seems to be little real plan behind all the signing attempts.

You can’t blame Forest for not trying – but look at what happened to Fulham when they splashed out £100million in 2018.

Meanwhile, Forest are looking to Lee Charnley, one of former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley’s closest allies, for some Prem experience.

Although not full time, he will be working on the business side.


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WEMBLEY is due to test 1,784 seats fitted with a security rail – but there may be NO stadium security this season.

Brentford, QPR and Wolves join Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Cardiff in bringing in safety this term.

Wembley will simply install new seats before fixing the rails and seeing how it works.

So while everything will be in place behind the two goals in the UEFA Nations League home game against Germany on September 26, England fans – in theory – will have to sit tight.


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