Cooper cool on talk of a switch to Bees hot seat
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.