Nottingham Forest have named Nuno Espírito Santo as their new manager to replace Steve Cooper, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Forest appointed the former Wolves and Tottenham manager after sacking Cooper following a run of five defeats in six games which saw them slip to 17th in the table, five points above the relegation zone.

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“Nuno joins the club on a two-and-a-half-year contract and will take charge of his first match on Saturday when Forest face Bournemouth at The City Ground,” the club said in a statement.

“The new head coach will take charge of his first training session with the squad this morning as they prepare for Saturday’s Premier League fixture.”

The Portuguese manager spent four seasons at Wolves and helped get them promoted to the Premier League in his first season there in 2018.

The former Porto player and manager then took over at Spurs in June 2021 where he won his first three games in charge but then saw his team lose five times in seven games before being replaced by Antonio Conte.

Espírito Santo was then appointed manager of Saudi Pro League side Al-Ittihad and led them to their first league title in 14 years, only to be sacked in November after a run of five league games without a win.