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Greeting From Abdul Aziz Al Hasawi

14 July 2012

Thank you Ladies and Gentlemen and welcome to Nottingham Forest Football Club.

My name is Abdul Aziz Al Hasawi - one of the new owners of this great club with my brother Fawaz and cousin Omar. We're all very excited to have you here and offer our warm welcome to you all.

We would like to start by offering thanks to the Doughty family and their legal team for the smooth transition. To our own advisors for their role in this. And finally to the Football League for its gracious acceptance of our family's ownership.

We are here because we felt that the club, with its rich history in this wonderful city, was an ideal place for us to use our years of footballing experience and passion for the English game.

This club is one of the best in the world, and we intend on working hard to improve its global standing. It is important to remember that running a football club is a marathon, not a sprint.

Earlier this week, the club parted company with Steve Cotterill. He was a good stewardfor Nottingham Forest in difficult times. But we felt that fresh ownership required a fresh start.

What is of foremost importance to us is the security of the club and development of its excellent players and staff. One of our mainhopes is therefore to raise investment in the newly named Nigel Doughty Academy. We look forward to producing top quality players who will lead The Reds to many future victories.

We know that for most football clubs, success does not happen overnight. That's why we are here for the long haul.

We believe in this club and are great fans ofit. And so we want to conclude with this message. We are here to make a difference. We want a fun and exciting football team that we can all be proud of. And to ensure that on matchdays, there's nowhere our fans would rather be than here. In the City Ground. Watching Nottingham Forest play.

Thank you.

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