Nottingham Forest’s struggles continued on Wednesday when the Red suffered a 5-0 defeat on the road against Fulham, marking their fourth consecutive loss in the Premier League. Forest find themselves 16th in the standings, six points above the relegation zone.
With Nottingham registering three wins, four draws and eight losses since the start of the 2023/24 campaign, Steve Cooper's future appears to be in danger.
In fact, there have already been reports about his imminent sacking, although the official confirmation is yet to follow. The next Nottingham Forest manager odds offer a look at what may come next for the Reds.
Nottingham Forest Next Manager Betting List
The frontrunner in the Nottingham Forest next manager odds is Julen Lopetegui who left Wolves days before the start of the 2023/24 season. The full list includes other interesting names, with many of them already having Premier League experience.
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Julen Lopetegui was set to start his second season in charge of Wolverhampton Wanderers but resigned from his position days before the debut match of the 2023/24 campaign. As per reports in the press, the manager was unhappy with the lack of investment in the squad.
Thus, 2022/23 remains Lopetegui’s only experience in England’s top division but what a journey it was! The Spaniard arrived at Molineux in November when the team was sitting dead last in the Premier League. Under his command, Wolves improved significantly after the World Cup break and finished the season in 13th place.
Prior to Wolves, Lopetegui had a solid spell with Sevilla where he won the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League and would always finish high in La Liga. He also worked with Real Madrid and Spain in the past but those experiences are generally regarded as less successful. Considering the 57-year-old’s CV, many fans would love to see him become the next Nottingham Forest manager.
Unlike the previous name on our next Nottingham Forest manager odds list, Patrick Vieira is not available for instant hire. The Frenchman is currently coaching Strasbourg in Ligue 1 where his team is 15th in the table, just above the relegation play-offs spot.
If Viera is to be considered for the possible opening at City Ground, it would have to be for his experience with Crystal Palace between 2021 and 2023. The former France international guided Palace to a 12th-place finish in the debut season but could not survive the second year in charge, being fired towards the end of the season when the Eagles were three points above the relegation zone.
Before Crystal Palace, Vieira worked with Nice and New York City FC, having initially started as an academy manager at Manchester City. A proponent of attack-oriented football, Vieira’s teams often struggle with consistency.
Another potential candidate for the job who is employed in Ligue 1 at the moment is Will Still, who has been managing Reims since 2022. At the age of 31, the Belgian-English coach is often named as one of the most promising managers in world football.
Still has made a name for himself through his tactical ingenuity and methodological study of his opponents. Taking charge of the team midway through 2022/23, the 31-year-old guided Reims to a 11th-spot finish. He achieved a 17-game unbeaten streak in Ligue 1 which included two draws with eventual champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Reims are fifth in the table at the time of writing, so it may take a lot of convincing before Still agrees to a switch to Nottingham Forest. He already has some experience in England, as he started as an U14 assistant manager at Preston North End. Before Reims, Still held various analytical and assistant positions at Sint-Truiden, Lierse and Beerschot.
Graham Potter is a better-known name, especially among Premier League fans. Following his sacking by Chelsea in April, the 47-year-old remains a free agent, perhaps waiting for the right job opportunity.
Certainly, Potter’s stint with the Blues was far from successful as he left Stamford Bridge with a record of 12 wins, eight draws and 11 losses. At the time of his departure, Chelsea were 11th in the Premier League.
However, the Englishman can be proud of his work with Brighton between 2019 and 2022. He made the Albion a force to be reckoned with in England's top division, guiding them to a club-record ninth place finish in 2021/22. Potter had Brighton play modern-style football, betting on pressing and tactical discipline.
Those experiences aside, Potter also had a long stint in Sweden with Ostersund, as he took a fourth-tier team and led it all the way to the top division. He also won the Swedish Cup in 2016/17. Besides, he coached Swansea City in the EFL Championship in 2018/19.
Ralph Hassenhuttl is similarly on the job market after being fired by Southampton in November 2022. He left the Saints in the relegation zone after winning 12 points in the opening 14 matches.
Nevertheless, Hassenhuttl’s overall stay at Southampton can be viewed in a positive light, with his team regularly placing mid-table. The best season came in 2019/20, when the Saints sat ninth at the end of the term. However, his spell at St Mary’s also included the 9-0 losses to Leicester City and Manchester United.
His first big job was with RB Leipzig in 2016/17 when he took a newly-promoted team making them runner-ups. Then followed a sixth-place finish, and Hassenhuttl announced his departure in May 2018 after Leipzig had confirmed the eventual arrival of Julian Nagelsmann.
Hassenhuttl will certainly have Nottingham Forest play an entertaining brand of football but the Reds may have reservations in terms of results.