Nottingham's Trent Nav pub issues apology over 'unsavoury incident' after Steve Cooper appointment

A member of staff at the Trent Nav approaches the Steve Cooper portrait
-Credit: (Image: Trent Navigation Inn)

Staff at a popular Nottingham pub have apologised if anyone was offended by an "unsavoury incident" at the venue days after Steve Cooper was confirmed as Leicester City's new boss. Cooper's appointment was confirmed on a three-year contract with the Foxes on Thursday (June 20).

During Cooper's stint on Trentside, he led the Reds back to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years. He proved a hugely popular figure, owing to his bond with the fans and understanding of the city, and he kept the Reds in the top flight during their first year back in the division.

But news of his appointment at the King Power Stadium has led to an "incident" at The Trent Navigation pub on Meadow Lane. The pub, home to the Big Shed fanzone, posted a statement on Saturday (June 22) saying: "We are aware of the video circulating online that appears to show an unsavoury incident last night, but we thought it was important to take control of the narrative and show the footage in full so you can make up your own minds on the matter.

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"We pride ourselves on being Nottingham's original, most authentic and only true independent Nottingham born and bred fanzone and we take matters like this very seriously.

The Trent Navigation pub in Meadow Lane, Nottingham
The Trent Navigation pub in Meadow Lane, Nottingham -Credit:Joseph Raynor/Nottingham Post

"For those of a nervous disposition or with minors in the room, we urge you to consider to turn off now." The video shows a member of staff inside the Trent Navigation addressing a portrait on the wall of Steve Cooper by saying: "I thought we were friends. I thought all we'd been through together, no matter what. I know we'd split up, it's over, but we could always talk to one another.

"But then, you've gone and done this and I'm sorry, you're out of here." Cooper's portrait is then taken off the wall and thrown into a storage room. The Trent Navigation added on social media: "From all at The Trent Navigation, we sincerely apologise for any offence caused."

The Welshman was relieved of his duties at the City Ground in December after a run of one win in 13 games.