Official: Leicester City appoints Steve Cooper as new manager

Leicester City have announced Steve Cooper as their new manager, following the breakdown of talks with Graham Potter.

Cooper has signed a three-year contract with the club, which recently secured promotion back to the Premier League.

Cooper, formerly the manager of Nottingham Forest, will take charge for the first time against Tottenham on August 19.

Despite being sacked by Forest last December, the 44-year-old is set for his new role.

Official: Leicester City appoints Steve Cooper as new manager
Cooper signs as new Leicester boss – Getty image

In an open letter to fans, Cooper: “I am very proud to be joining a club with a rich history. I want to thank Khun Top for the opportunity to manage Leicester City.

“I recognise I am joining a group of people who love this Club and want the very best for it.”

He acknowledged Leicester’s recent successes, including their 2016 Premier League title and 2021 FA Cup win, and emphasized his commitment to building on those achievements:

“As the new manager, I don’t take that legacy lightly. My job will be to build on those achievements and to bring everyone along – players, staff, and fans.”

Leicester has been seeking a new manager since Enzo Maresca left for Chelsea.

While initial talks with Graham Potter fell through, and compensation issues hindered a move for West Brom’s Carlos Corberan, the club decided to turn to Cooper.