Nottingham Forest are two spots above the relegation zone in the Premier League. On a four-game losing streak – Forest are in desperate need – of a squad revolution that could lift them into the middle of the table. According to Sami Mokbel, however, internal bickering has seemingly created a rift among some players on Steve Cooper’s roster, with Joe Worrall and Scot McKenna banished from first-team training.
Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna Moved to Separate Training Group
— Sami Mokbel (@SamiMokbel81_DM) December 7, 2023
Mokbel Article on Joe Worrall and Scott McKenna
Mokbel wrote an exclusive article for The Daily Mail covering the news coming out of Forest. Club captain Joe Worrall and centre-back Scott McKenna have been “banished from first-team training.” This will include the two players receiving instructions on a different field at separate times than the rest of the squad.
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A move of this magnitude would seemingly cause irreparable damage, but Worrall and McKenna are “expected to leave the club in the January transfer window.” Forest has yet to release a club statement explaining their decision as Cooper and his players prepare for Saturday’s top-flight fixture at Wolves.
Cooper on His Way Out
Separating Worrall and McKenna from the rest of the squad is not the only trouble plaguing Forest. Due to the recent dip in form, many expect Cooper to lose his job in the coming weeks. Paul Taylor of The Athletic noted that Forest fans who travelled to see the club thrashed 5-0 by Fulham were chanting his name “as loudly as ever.”
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This was not a chant of displeasure – but rather a farewell to the manager who guided them to promotion. The search for a replacement is ongoing, and Cooper remains the touchline leader for the Tricky Trees until then. But in the meantime, the boss will have to manage the Worrall and McKenna situation as delicately as possible.