By Alex Stevens

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz al-Hasawi could be ready to axe manager Philippe Montanier, according to a report.

The Guardian claim there are concerns within Forest corridors of power that the notoriously trigger-happy Hasawi is contemplating removing Montanier even though he is in advanced talks to sell the club.

Montanier is the seventh permanent manager in the Hasawi era but his position has been weakened only three months into the job and his close ally, the director of football, Pedro Pereira, resigned this month.

Forest are currently 16th in the Championship in the wake of Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat at Blackburn.

During Hasawi’s four-year ownership, the average attendance has plummeted, the league position has steadily got worse every season and the club have had to deal with a series of winding-up orders in the high court, a transfer embargo for breaching financial fair-play regulations and starting the season with a reduced capacity because the ground did not have a safety-certificate holder.

The Guardian report Hasawi is currently negotiating with an American consortium led by John Moores, the former owner of the Major League Baseball franchise San Diego Padres.

Moores, 72, has previously tried to initiate deals with Everton and Swansea City but talks with Forest are at an advanced stage and the relevant people have been regular visitors to the City Ground in recent weeks.

In other Nottingham Forest news, a former Premier League goalkeeper has been targeted by the club.