Cooper insists anything outside of Nottm Forest ‘bubble’ is ‘irrelevant’ amid links to Tottenham

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Steve Cooper before a match

Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper has admitted that reports linking him with a move to rivals Tottenham Hotspur are “irrelevant”.

It is looking increasingly likely that Antonio Conte will leave Spurs at the end of this season. The pressure is growing on him following their disappointing Champions League exit on Wednesday night.

Cooper’s recent work is thought to have been noticed by the North London club, who face Nottm Forest this weekend.

The Welshman declared his love for Forest last week and said he is not thinking about “anything outside the bubble”.

“The only thing that it is is irrelevant,” he said.

“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 could be a good time to visit Spurs for Forest, who have won only one away game all season, scoring just three goals in the process.

Conte’s side are in disarray following an FA Cup exit at Sheffield United, a Premier League defeat by Wolves and then a limp exit from the Champions League and – with the Italian’s position in limbo – the season is in danger of petering out.

But Cooper does not see it that way.

“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 said.

“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.”

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