Fawaz Al Hasawi has urged Nottingham Forest’s fans to reserve judgement on the tough decisions he has made until the end of the season.The Reds Chairman handed Alex McLeish the top job at The City Ground last month after the Club parted company with Sean O’Driscoll.
McLeish guided Forest to their first win under his management last weekend when they recorded a 2-1 home victory over Peterborough.
The Scot is now preparing for Saturday’s eagerly-awaited date with arch rivals Derby at Pride Park (kick-off 1pm) with his side just three points off a play-off spot.
And he has the whole-hearted support of Mr Al Hasawi, who insists: “I respect people and their opinions but let’s wait until the end of the season and see.
“Last season, Forest did not do well. They finished towards the bottom of the table.
“This season, we are up there, we are near to the play-offs. We have made things better.
“I wish for people to be behind us and the team.
“If, by the end, it turns out that I have done things wrong or badly, people can say what they want.
“But let’s wait, because there are 19 games to go and, as I said, if we can win 12 of those, we will have a good chance.”
Mr Al Hasawi added: “To be honest, I want to look for the best. Sean O’Driscoll did very good work for us, in the first half of the season. But we want to move forward.
“I respect his work and I respect what he did for us. He chose the right players for us but we want to move forward.
“Maybe lots of the supporters; lots of the people in Nottingham did not like what happened in the end.
“But I would like them to give the new manager a chance, the chance to work hard with us and achieve something.”