Nottingham Forest chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has issued the following statement to supporters.
I would like to respond to reports regarding the length of our manager Dougie Freedman’s contract.
When Dougie and I discussed the role we mutually agreed an 18-month deal, which is what is currently in place. Within that deal we agreed a clause which presents both parties with the opportunity to review their position in the summer.
This is merely a formality and it is something which is very common in sport.
I hope Dougie will be with us for many years and we will continue to work together in our attempts to bring success back to this great club.
I am surprised at the reaction from some and disappointed with the way my interview was reported. I have always been very accommodating and have tried to speak honestly and directly with the media and public. I am saddened by the way my interview has been portrayed and as a result I have decided to restrict my interviews to the club's website only from now on.
I would like to thank our fans for their continued support.