Roy Keane believes that Nottingham Forest might successfully be “relegated by Christmas” if they don’t discover some “team spirit and fight”.
Steve Cooper’s aspect have begun the Premier League season with only one win from their first 9 video games and sit nineteenth within the desk after a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.
It follows a summer season of great funding on the City Ground, with greater than 20 new senior gamers added to Cooper’s squad after incomes promotion from the Championship by way of the play-offs.
Keane spent a quick spell in Nottingham as an assistant to Martin O’Neill on the membership in 2019, and feels that, whereas reinforcements have been wanted, his former membership’s busy summer season might have made Cooper’s life tougher as he navigates his first marketing campaign within the English high flight.
“There were always going to be a lot of players coming into the club,” Keane stated on Sky Sports. “I don’t think anyone would have imagined there would have been 23 – that is crazy really.
“Of course they had a lot of players on loan last year and they were going to have to invest and when you invest and bring in that many players you need a decent start.
“I think what you want from a promoted team is survival if you can, stay in the Premier League. And you want a bit of team spirit and fight.
“It is very hard to create that when you bring 22 players into a club so yeah I have got great sympathy for him [Cooper].
“But if we are led to believe he is a brilliant coach, then we need to see more of that, certainly in terms of tightening up at the back. If they keep conceding the goals they are, then they will be relegated by Christmas.”
Cooper acquired a shock extension to his contract on Friday after hypothesis that his future was being thought of by the membership.
The former England youth group supervisor joined Nottingham Forest in September final yr, guiding them again into the Premier League on the finish of his first season in cost for the primary time because the 1998/99 season.
His aspect have struggled each defensively and in assault this season, nevertheless, with solely Leicester conceding greater than Forest’s 22 objectives thus far and Wolves the only group within the division with a worse goalscoring document.
Manager-less Wolves host Cooper’s aspect, one place beneath them within the league, in a vital fixture on Saturday afternoon.