Stuart Broad was 'pretty gutted' even before Mary Earps won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

Stuart Broad was 'pretty gutted' even before Mary Earps won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award

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Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 20/12/2023

- 10:00

Updated: 20/12/2023

- 11:39

The Ashes icon finished second at the event in Salford

Stuart Broad was 'pretty gutted' before missing out on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award to Mary Earps.

And that's because of Nottingham Forest's decision to sack Steve Cooper.

Broad is a Nottingham man through and through, having played cricket for Nottinghamshire for 15 years before retiring from cricket earlier in the year.

He's a huge fan of the football team, too, who yesterday took the decision to sack Cooper.

Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad attended the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award ceremony in Salford on Tuesday night


Cooper was relieved of his duties at the City Ground after the club won just one of their last 13 matches.

Nuno Espirito Santos, who has managed Wolves and Tottenham in the Premier League so far, has taken over.

And Broad said prior to the ceremony in Manchester that he was devastated by his club's decision.

"I'm pretty gutted," the former bowler told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"What he's done for our football club has been outstanding.

"He's let us fans live the dream, [Forest were] 23 years without being in the Premier League and he was the guy that got our team there.

"Rather than feeling too sad that he's gone - although we'll all feel that for a little bit of time - we need to look back on his reign as one of the most remarkable since the Cloughie [Brian Clough] era."

Cooper was appointed as Forest manager back in September 2021.

He inherited a side that was bottom of the Championship, devoid of ideas and imagination.

Yet Cooper immediately worked wonders and managed to steer the club to the Premier League, defying all odds and expectations in the process.

The 44-year-old was even able to ensure Forest stay up last term, with the club finishing 16th in the table.

They ended up four points clear of safety, with Southampton, Leeds and Leicester all going down instead.

Yet with Forest struggling so far this season, Cooper has now found himself out of a job.

Owner Evangelos Marinakis confirmed Cooper's sacking on Tuesday and thanked the Englishman for the work he's done.

He said: “Everyone at Nottingham Forest would like to thank Steve for his superb contribution to our football club.


Steve Cooper

Stuart Broad was 'gutted' by Nottingham Forest's decision to sack Steve Cooper


"His achievement in guiding Forest back to the Premier League will undoubtedly remain an iconic moment in the Club’s history.

“We thank Steve for his dedication and commitment during his time with us, as well as the incredible connection he forged with our supporters and the city of Nottingham.

“Steve will always remain a friend of the Club and will forever be welcome at The City Ground.

"We wish him well in his future endeavours.”

Broad finished second in the BBC SPOTY awards, with Mary Earps securing the prestigious gong.

Mary Earps

Stuart Broad lost out to Mary Earps at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in Manchester on Tuesday night


And the Manchester United and England goalkeeper joked she felt 'sick' after being given the prize.

"I feel a bit sick actually," remarked the shot-stopper, who helped England reach the final of the Women's World Cup back in the summer.

"I would like to say how humbled I am to be among incredible athletes.

"Sport is a fantastic thing that brings the world together and to hear your stories is unbelievable.

"Thanks to everyone for voting for me, I'm very honoured and humbled.

"This is the ultimate all-round sporting accolade, us Lionesses and Manchester United have had an amazing couple of years. But this is wow."

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