Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has told his players they should “make it happen” as they try to start their season.
Forest are bottom of the Premier League after six defeats in their last seven games and their visit to Brighton on Tuesday precedes games against Liverpool and Arsenal.
After his squad was overhauled with 23 new signings over the summer, there was consensus that it will take time for Forest to gel, but Cooper says they cannot afford to wait.
“We have to face our league position, face reality and don’t have the mentality that we’re going to be okay or things are going to get better. Make it happen,” he said.
“Look no further than Brighton, do whatever it takes to get a positive result there because before we know it will be the next game and the next game and we cannot do that.
“We have to go to Brighton and do everything we can to get a result there. We have to accept that we’re on the relegation zone, we have to get out of there.
“It’s still early in the season but when we have that mentality time goes by quickly and there aren’t as many games as you might think. We really need to focus on the next game and focus on winning.”
Forest have signed many experienced players who have played in the World Cup and Champions League but Cooper has no doubt they are all ready to fight for relegation.
“I am 100 percent convinced and that is what drives me the most. Everyone knows how much I love the club and what it means to me, but seeing the care that the players show on a daily basis, whether it’s through meetings, through training, through conversations, gives me a lot of validation that they’re trying to improve and that’s the feeling I get every day.
“I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t think it. We have to continue that with the league position we are in because one thing is for sure: to improve you first need the right attitude and commitment, character and personality.
“You have to be at your best. We have to keep it that way.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/steve-cooper-nottingham-forest-premier-league-brighton-liverpool-b2204756.html Steve Cooper is urging Nottingham Forest to face the reality of the relegation battle