Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cooper has mentioned latest studies suggesting Tottenham Hotspur are admirers of him are “irrelevant”.
Spurs are getting ready their seek for a brand new boss, with Antonio Conte primed to depart on the finish of his contract in June, if not earlier than following their dismal midweek Champions League exit.
Cooper’s work with Forest and England Under-17s is believed to have been observed by the north London membership, the place Forest play on Saturday.
The Welshman declared his love for Forest final week and mentioned he’s not serious about “anything outside the bubble”.
“The only thing that it is is irrelevant,” he mentioned. “I said what I said last week, I don’t want or need to say it again. The most important thing for me is the game, the guys I am working with every single day and I am trying to be at my best and do a good day’s work and try and get them to do the same.
“Then we give ourselves a chance of trying to be a better team. We are embracing that challenge, we have had a lot of hurdles we have had to overcome this season, I am loving this journey with the players.
“It is a challenging one but one I am enjoying. But anything outside that bubble is irrelevant.
“The moment I am not thinking about Nottingham Forest or the players or the staff or how I can be at my best is the moment I am not getting it right, that’s not what I want to be, I want to be all-in, that’s what I am and I am not looking further than going to Tottenham on Saturday.”
It may very well be an excellent time to go to Spurs for Forest, who’ve received just one away recreation all season, scoring simply three objectives within the course of.
Conte’s facet are in disarray following an FA Cup exit at Sheffield United, a Premier League defeat by Wolves after which a limp exit from the Champions League and – with the Italian’s place in limbo – the season is at risk of really fizzling out.
But Cooper doesn’t see it that manner.
“They are a fantastic team, they are going for the Champions League, I watched them last night and it was in the Champions League so they are playing at an unbelievable level,” he mentioned.
“The new stadium is incredible, it’s a great place to go and play a football match, especially in the Premier League. We know it’s going to be a tough game.
“We don’t pay too much attention whether it’s good times or bad times to play a team because you often get the opposite. We have got to be really focused on ourselves. Our away form is something that we are really trying to improve and address.”