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Henry Winter tells why Nottingham Forest are lucky to have Nuno Espirito Santo

Henry Winter has revealed why he is such a big fan of Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Reds appointed the 50-year-old in December after deciding to end Steve Cooper’s tenure at the City Ground.

It’s been a difficult few months for Espirito Santo, but Forest limped towards the line in terms of Premier League survival.

The woods aren’t safe yet, but they’ll prevent a mathematical miracle on the final day of the campaign.

Now Winter has explained why he likes Espirito Santo so much and believes Forest are in safe hands.

Nuno Espirito Santo coaches Nottingham Forest during their Premier League match against Chelsea at the City Ground in Nottingham, England, May...
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Henry Winter shares what he loves about Nuno Espirito Santo

The respected journalist has now had his say on why he believes Espirito Santo deserves some cuts at Forest.

He hasn’t been the charismatic, sharp-shooting head coach that Cooper was, but eventually Forest have to move on from that.

Every head coach has different qualities and Winter shared what he believes Espirito Santo brings to Forest.

He told the Forest Focus podcast: “What I like about Nuno is that he cares and I think a lot of people in football don’t. He cares. I think the people at Nottingham Forest, the staff, the fans and the players, they resonate with him. He is a very caring individual.

“You talk to players who played for him and apart from one or two comments about the referees, he handled himself with a bit of dignity and I like that in a manager.

“On a human level, I’m glad he kept Forest because it would have damaged his reputation if the team had gone down, not survived.

“With respect, who will get Forest, who is better? Maybe I’m a softie, but I like managers to be good people, and Nuno is.”

Espirito Santo deserves a chance to stamp authority

Another change wouldn’t make much sense considering Espirito Santo hasn’t had a proper chance yet.

It came at a time when things were happening thick and fast in a busy Christmas period.

After winning two of their first three games in charge, Espirito Santo has seen many of his teams depart for the Africa Cup of Nations.

He also had injuries to contend with, as well as a four-point deduction for breaching profitability and sustainability regulations.

Espirito Santo has not been without its imperfections, but in the end Forest should go with continuity.

With a full pre-season and some quality additions, the head coach could get the Reds playing well on a more consistent basis.

Forest have given Cooper plenty of chances to get things right and Espirito Santo should now be given the same time.

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