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Statement From Fawaz

Posted: Fri 01 Feb 2013
Author: NFFC

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Fawaz Al Hasawi has moved to reassure supporters that he still enjoys an excellent working relationship with manager Alex McLeish.

The Club’s failure to complete the signing of George Boyd from Peterborough yesterday led to media speculation that McLeish was considering his position at The City Ground.

But Chairman Fawaz and McLeish met for over an hour at the Academy earlier today and discussed possible targets for the emergency loan window, which re-opens in a week’s time.

“Alex and I talk every day, at least twice a day,” Fawaz said. “We have a very good working relationship and it troubles me greatly that people think otherwise.

“I have been involved in football for 15 years and have never interfered when it comes to the players a manager wants to sign.

“I didn’t do that in Kuwait and I haven’t done it since we purchased Nottingham Forest last summer.

“Yes, I have recommended players to managers but the final decision rests with them, not me.

“We have signed 18 players for Forest this season and all of them were either chosen by Alex McLeish or Sean O’Driscoll.

“All I want to see is Nottingham Forest back in the Premier League – and if that means I have to sign another 18 players that Alex wants then I will do it.

“Alex and I have spoken at length today and he has already outlined to me the kind of players he would like to bring in on emergency loan.

“Whatever players he asks for I will try my hardest to bring to Nottingham Forest.

“I’ve heard it suggested that my family don’t have the money to fund what we are trying to achieve at Forest or that we don’t have any idea what we are doing.

“That upsets me because all I want is to make this great Club successful but the last word on transfers will always be with the manager.

“People have been asking me whether I insisted that the Club signed Khaled Al-Rashidi but that’s not true.

“Yes, I recommended Khaled and two other Kuwaiti players and asked the Club to have a look at them and that is exactly what happened.

“The goalkeeping coach Paul Barron watched Khaled in training and travelled to Kuwait to see him play.

“He thinks he has a future in England and that’s why we went back to the FA to apply for a work permit for a second time.

“Why would I a bring a player to England and pay his salary if the people I trust at the Club didn’t think he was good enough?”

Boyd’s proposed move to The City Ground broke down shortly before last night’s transfer deadline after the player failed a medical examination.

The deal to sign the midfielder was not sanctioned after an irregularity arose in an eye test as part of a stringent medical carried out by the Club.

The Club’s Head Physiotherapist Andrew Balderston explained: “We take the medical care of our players very seriously and the pre-signing medicals we carry out at Nottingham Forest are stringent and not purely based on the player’s recent playing record.

“We go through a number of different stages and canvas opinion from a range of leading medical specialists.

“We scrutinise each individual player in minute detail so that we know the potential problems we may be bringing into the Club over the term of their planned contract and we can try and minimise or plan how to control the identified risks.

“There were six individual stages to our medical and the final part was an eye examination performed by a leading independent specialist in Nottingham.

“Unfortunately, within the timescales we had on transfer deadline day we were unable to access his archive medical records and the specialist was unable to give us the recommendations that we needed to sign the player for Nottingham Forest.

“We will share the full written report from the specialist and advice with George in due course and wish him well for the future.”

Fawaz added: “I told Alex that if George passed the medical test I would happily sign him. I’ve watched him on DVD and he’s a very good player.

“But unfortunately there was a problem and when you are buying a player for two-and-a-half years you cannot take any risks.

“We not only wanted to sign George yesterday but also made offers for a right winger and left back. If we had got all three players it would have represented a significant investment that I was willing to make.

“Alex and I had a long conversation today and we will be doing everything we can to bring the players in he wants when the emergency loan window opens if he wants to bring players in.”