Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has issued the following statement to supporters.I would like to start by apologising for the negative publicity the club received last week. We know who was responsible for that.
Let me reassure everyone that all monies owed over transfer-related transactions have now been paid, resulting in the recent embargo being lifted. This means the manager will still be able to bring players in on emergency loan under the initial Financial Fair Play restrictions.
Since the summer of 2014 I have spent more than £22million and I will continue to support the club in every way possible.
It has been another busy period for the club with Stuart being relieved of his duties following last weekend’s defeat to Millwall.
As I said at the time, that decision was by far the most difficult I’ve had to make as owner and chairman of Nottingham Forest. I know how much Stuart means to our supporters and he did a huge amount of excellent work behind the scenes.
He made significant strides towards integrating our academy and first-team set-ups and proved on a number of occasions his willingness to give our younger players a chance to prove themselves, while his keenness to engage with supporters at a variety of events was fantastic.
Sadly, my hand was forced based on results on the pitch. But I hope we can all take consolation from the fact his relationship with the club hasn’t deteriorated as a result of his managerial tenure, for which our fans must take immense credit. You backed him all the way.
Here’s to the future.
(Read Fawaz’s programme notes this Wednesday in the official Nottingham Forest matchday programme, where he reveals his reasons for choosing Dougie Freedman and what his realistic ambitions are for the club.)