Leicester City learn surprising Steve Cooper stance in search for Enzo Maresca replacement

Former Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cooper
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Any Leicester City approach towards Steve Cooper regarding the vacant managerial job would be met positively, the club have surprisingly been told.

Leicester are now officially without a man in the dugout as Enzo Maresca was officially confirmed as Chelsea's new manager on Monday afternoon. The Italian leaves the East Midlands a Championship winner after only one season in charge.

Attentions will quickly turn to appointing his successor as preparations can now truly begin for the Foxes' return to the Premier League. A number of names have been suggested over the past several days, and one of those is 5/2 favourite Cooper.

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As a former Nottingham Forest boss only seven months ago, the question would reasonably be asked whether he would be willing to cross the line of a regional rivalry to take up another position. The Welshman's answer according to The Sun is a definitive yes.

The 44-year-old has been without a job since he was sacked by Nottingham Forest in December. The club were in 17th place in the league, and would go on to secure their safety by remaining in the same position, albeit with a points deduction, under Nuno Espirito Santo.

Prior to that, Cooper had taken Forest from the foot of the Championship to play-off glory in the 2021/22 campaign, then followed that up by ensuring survival the year after.

He has reportedly been waiting upon the chance to manage in the Premier League again, most recently rejecting relegated Burnley when they approached about taking over from Vincent Kompany. Were Forest to make offer, it would therefore be a yes despite the rivalry with his former employers.

The Sun claim that Cooper would be given a budget to spend in the transfer market with Foxes chiefs also hoping he can develop the squad inherited from Maresca with his attacking brand of football. Premier League survival would be his initial target.

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