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Report: Bruno Lage on Nottingham Forest's shortlist to replace Steve Cooper

Bruno Lage is reportedly on Nottingham Forest’s shortlist of potential managerial candidates to replace Steve Cooper.

The 42-year-old is under big pressure at the City Ground at the moment.

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The Reds are currently bottom of the Premier League, having won just won of their opening eight games.

Forest have struggled in the top-flight following an extremely busy summer.

Seemingly Cooper has had difficulty getting all the new players to gel, and it is looking early doors as though the club could be heading for a relegation battle.

Following the club’s latest 4-0 defeat to Leicester City, there were reports that Forest were considering parting company with Cooper.

But it was the reported yesterday that he will be given a little bit more time to turn things around.

But The Athletic say today that a shortlist of potential replacements had been drawn up. At the top of that shortlist are Rafa Benitez and Sean Dyche.

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But is also includes Lage, sacked by Wolves last weekend, and former Molineux boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Lage was relieved of his duties after the 2-0 defeat by West Ham United.

Wolves have been hugely disappointing for most of 2022, and the board acted on Sunday following a strong reaction from fans to the latest result.

But it seems Lage still has some admirers at the City Ground.

They will stick with Cooper for now, but perhaps the Portuguese may ultimately make a swift return to the Premier League.

It would be a surprise if Bruno Lage became Nottingham Forest manager after Wolves sacking

To read Lage is on Forest’s shortlist of potential replacements for Cooper is a surprise.

He’s left Wanderers in the relegation zone, and information has been coming out over the past few days that he contributed to an unhappy environment at Compton Park.

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Ultimately, while he showed signs of promise earlier on at Wolves, his stint at Molineux was a real disappointment.

It would certainly be a massive risk from Forest to make a play for Lage to pull them out of danger.