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Rafa Benitez close to a ‘Premier League return’ as Nottingham Forest manager

Former Everton and Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is very close to returning as a manager in the Premier League once again as recent reports suggest that Nottingham Forest are in talks with him following manager Steve Cooper’s torrid time in top flight of late.

Cooper’s Nottingham Forest side secured top flight promotion for the first time in 23 years this season but they aren’t enjoying the best times recently as they suffered their fifth consecutive loss of the season, when they lost 4-0 to Leicester City on Monday.

That’s why Cooper’s position is in danger now and Benitez is being seen as a successor, as per a report by The Telegraph’s John Percy.

Benitez hasn’t had a gig since January this year as he was sacked from his position as the Everton boss following a 2-1 defeat to Norwich City. Although the Spaniard’s recent results haven’t been impressive, Forest are looking at his experience. The 62-year-old won a Champions League and FA Cup during his six-year stint with Liverpool after all.

The 62-year-old also has strong connections at Forest. Benitez knows Lee Charnley pretty well as the latter was the managing director at Newcastle United during the Spaniard’s stint with the club.

Cooper, however, is well aware of his situation. But he assured thar he is working hard to get better results and he is working more and more after every loss. But some things aren’t in his hands.

“I completely understand the situation and the question and respect it 100 per cent,” said the Welshman after their heavy defeat to Leicester. 

“We are on a run of results that are not good, I am not going to shy away from that. I’m not thinking about my personal situation apart from how I can be at my best every day, but the tougher it gets the more I work and the more it means to me,” he added.