Nottingham Forest announce Nuno Espirito Santo as new head coach

Nuno Espirito Santo has signed as the new head coach of Nottingham Forest (Picture: Nottingham Forest FC)
Nuno Espirito Santo has signed as the new head coach of Nottingham Forest (Picture: Nottingham Forest FC)

Nottingham Forest have announced Nuno Espirito Santo as their new head coach, succeeding Steve Cooper.

The club announced the Welshman was relieved of his duties on Tuesday (December 19) with the Reds having won just one of their last 13 games in the Premier League.

Forest sit 17th in the table and five points above the bottom three.

Portugese head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is his replacement, having managed at Wolves and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League; he was most recently in charge of Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad.

He has signed a two-year deal and his first game in charge will be at home to Bournemouth on Saturday (December 23).

Santo will take charge of his first training session this morning (Wednesday, December 20).

The 49-year-old was a goalkeeper in his playing career, having played for Portugese sides Porto and Vitoria, as well as stints at Deportivo La Coruna in Spain and Dynamo Moscow in Russia.

After he retired from playing, Santo went into management, starting at Portugese side Rio Ave before leading Spanish side Valencia and then Porto.

He took over at Wolves in 2017 when they were in the Championship, and led the club to the Premier League that season, winning the league itself.

Santo then led Wolves to seventh in their first season back in the top flight, qualifying for the UEFA Europa League in the process.

The season after that saw Santo lead Wolves to seventh in the Premier League again as the club reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, before finishing 13th in the 2020/21 season, his final campaign at the club before mutually agreeing the termination of his contract.

He then took the Tottenham Hotspur job in June 2021, but lasted less than four months there, winning the first three of his games including an opening day win over Manchester City, before winning just two in seven.

Santo then took charge of Jeddah-based club Al-Ittihad in Saudi Arabia in July 2022 and won the Saudi Super Cup with his side that season.

But he was removed this November after a loss to Iraqi side Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya in the AFC Champions League before signing as the new head coach at Forest.

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