Following the departure of Jamie Fullarton after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat at home to Exeter City in Sky Bet League 2, Notts owner Ray Trew has moved swiftly to bring in Cooper to oversee matters until the end of the current campaign.
However, as part of the deal, it has been agreed that, should the new Manager reach an agreed points total, it would trigger a permanent contract for Cooper at Meadow Lane.
Announcing the deal, Mr Trew explained: “I said on Saturday that what we need now, as a club, is stability, as we look to resolve the change of ownership and that is why I have turned to Mark to bring his experience and knowledge to the club to help turn things around on the pitch.
“To be fair to Mark and to reward him, should he manage to get things moving in the right direction, I have agreed a points total with him, which will remain confidential, at which point his deal will become permanent,” he added.
“I think what we all want is for Notts to be successful and if Mark can bring that then it is only right that he is given the role full-time, which I think any new owner would agree with.
“The challenge has been set and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the role.”
Cooper will meet up with his new squad on Monday and immediately set about preparing for his first game in charge, away to Portsmouth next weekend.