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Forest Green Rovers next manager after Mark Cooper
Who is Forest Green Rovers FC manager Mark Cooper?
Mark Cooper was born in Wakefield, England on 18 December 1968. Cooper is the current manager of Forest Green Rovers and has been in the job since May 2016. He was previously a professional footballer playing as a midfielder for clubs such as Birmingham City, Fulham, Bristol City and Forest Green Rovers. Mark is the son of former England player Terry Cooper and is the father of Charlie Cooper who is currently playing under his father at Forest Green Rovers.
After coming through the academy at Bristol City, Cooper played for Exeter City,Southend United on loan, Birmingham City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town on loan, Wycombe Wanderers, Exeter City, Hartlepool United, Macclesfield Town on loan, Leyton Orient, Rushden & Diamonds, Telford United on loan, Hednesford Town, Forest Green Rovers, Tamworth, Hinckley United and Kettering Town. He made 457 competitive appearances over the course of his career scoring 115 goals in the process.
When Mark Cooper retired, he went into management as he took charge of Tamworth, Kettering Town, Peterborough United, Darlington, Kettering Town, AFC Telford United, Swindon Town and Notts County. He worked his way up through the leagues before getting his chance at Notts County where he impressed, but decided to move on.
In May 2016, Cooper was appointed the manager of Forest Green Rovers. In his first season at the club, Mark Cooper took the club to the playoff final and won, therefore guaranteeing their spot in the EFL League Two for the next season. In the following season, the club finished 21st in League Two under Cooper’s guidance and survived relegation whilst also reaching the second round of the FA Cup. In the following season, the club finished 5th in the EFL League Two and made the playoffs but lost to Tranmere Rovers 2-1 on aggregate.
Over the course of his managerial career, Cooper has won many honours including the 2011 FA Trophy and the 2016 Conference playoff final. His experience will be vital for Forest Green Rovers in the upcoming season. Next season, the club will be hoping Cooper can take the club to another level. The fans will believe that promotion is not beyond the realms of possibility and Mark Cooper will be the manager to take them there. If the board are willing to give Cooper the players he needs this window, who knows how well the club could do next season.