Nottingham Forest have confirmed the sacking of manager Steve Cooper, with former Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo in talks to replace him.
Cooper’s exit comes with Forest having lost five of their past six games.
The 44-year-old led Forest to promotion to the Premier League in 2022, ending a 23-year absence from the top flight.
“His achievement in guiding Forest back will undoubtedly remain an iconic moment in the club’s history,” said owner Evangelos Marinakis.
“We thank Steve for his dedication and commitment during his time with us, as well as the incredible connection he forged with our supporters and the city of Nottingham.
“Steve will always remain a friend of the club and will forever be welcome at the City Ground. We wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Cooper, who continued to be a popular figure with the club’s fans, was told of the decision on Tuesday.
Forest, who are 17th in the Premier League, have won once in their past 13 top-flight games, taking eight points in that period.
They have picked up one point from their past six matches and are five points ahead of third-from-bottom Luton, who have a match in hand.
Cooper’s final game at the helm was a 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham last Friday.
He is the second Premier League manager to be sacked this season, after Sheffield United dismissed Paul Heckingbottom earlier this month.