Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka has admitted that Reds midfielder Chris Cohen had retired from football and could remain at the club as a coach, and it is news that has been greeted with an outpouring of emotion from supporters.
The 31-year-old entered the field of play in the 89th minute of play at the City Ground on Saturday to take the place of Lee Tomlin in the weekend’s draw against Bristol City before his announcing he would be hanging up his boots, in what was just his third outing of the season.
Three knee injuries appear to have taken their toll on the Norwich born ace who has spent 11 years at the club since his switch to the Championship outfit from Yeovil in 2007.
Based on Twitter reactions to the news, the 31-year-old’s retirement has been received with sadness by the fans, who are evidently distraught to hear the end of this era for one of their favourites.
There were fans who admitted that the announcement had brought them to tears and others who branded the midfielder a “legend.”
Here is what supporters had to say on social media after hearing about their player’s decision:
Chris Cohen. It’s ok for grown men to cry ok?
— James Taylor (@jamesiantaylor) April 28, 2018
One Chrissy Cohen definitely a Forest legend ????⚪️ 110%
— Alison Lineker (@AlieNFFClineker) April 28, 2018
— Jonno Reilly (@Jonno_Reilly) April 28, 2018
I’m gonna be blaming the onions if Cohen comes on
— Warren Allsworth (@warrenallsworth) April 28, 2018
One Chrissy Cohen pic.twitter.com/qF81ddQ7QT
— Mase (@MaseySam) April 28, 2018
Chris Cohen! ???? The epitome of #ThatLovingFeeling
— Jim Hearson (@JimHearson) April 28, 2018
Gutted to be saying goodbye to Chrissy Cohen.
— Nick (@nikos787) April 28, 2018
In other Nottingham Forest news, securing reported deal for 32-goal hitman will make Reds fans forget Tomlin in an instant.