Cooper cool on talk of a switch to Bees hot seat

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Football -

FOREST Green Rovers boss Mark Cooper has re­jected talk link­ing him to the va­cant man­age­rial post at Sky Bet Cham­pi­onship side Brent­ford.

Cooper has caught the at­ten­tion of the Bees, ac­cord­ing to web­site HITC, af­ter lead­ing Forest Green into the Foot­ball League and mak­ing an un­beaten start to the sea­son.

The New Lawn chief is 16/1 to re­place Dean Smith, who left the west Lon­don club to suc­ceed Steve Bruce at As­ton Villa.

How­ever, Cooper has dis­tanced him­self from the job by say­ing: “I don’t know any­thing about it. It’s al­ways nice to get linked to jobs, but our fo­cus is fully on Forest Green and try­ing to get a re­sult (away to Northampton to­day).

“If you’re get­ting re­sults that al­ways hap­pens. The more times it hap­pens then great, be­cause it means you’re get­ting re­sults, but it’s the play­ers that go out on the pitch and per­form, so if they’re do­ing that then th­ese things hap­pen.”

Thomas Frank, who was as­sis­tant to Smith and has been placed in care­taker charge, is the cur­rent odds-on favourite with the book­ies, while for­mer Chelsea boss Roberto Di Mat­teo, ex-Manch­ester United man­ager David Moyes and Luton man­ager Nathan Jones have also been linked with the job.

Forest Green are one of only four un­beaten teams in the top four di­vi­sions – the oth­ers are Liver­pool, Chelsea and Manch­ester City.

They take that un­beaten record to Northampton this af­ter­noon, with the home side third-from-bot­tom of the League Two ta­ble, although the Cobblers have drawn both League games un­der new boss Keith Curle and they beat Ox­ford 2-1 in the Check­a­trade Tro­phy in midweek.

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