Deal all but done: Nottingham Forest close to senior appointment

By Harry Sykes

Fawaz Al Hasawi has revealed that he has all but sealed the appointment of Nottingham Forest’s new chief executive.

The Forest owner has come under fire after pledging to appoint a chief executive and a director of football “within days” in January, only to then be forced to backtrack.

But Al Hasawi issued an optimistic update on the club’s pursuit of a chief executive as he revealed that his two main targets have already accepted the post but have to work out a period of notice.

The Kuwaiti pledged the situation would be resolved in the summer and chief financial officer Samantha Gordon would continue to carry out chief executive duties until that point.

“People ask me every day ‘where is the chief executive?’,” said Al Hasawi, as quoted by the Nottingham Post. “I have two options for the chief executive. People think I am lying when I say that, but I am not.

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“As we said previously, the people we want have jobs, at different clubs. They have both said that they could come, but not until the summer or until two or three months from now.

“It is difficult and I understand why people want to see this happen. I want to, as well. But we can manage until the summer, because Samantha Gordon is doing a good job.

“She is doing well and she will continue to operate in the chief executive role until the summer, on a temporary basis. Then we will look at the situation.”

It has been reported that Forest will also delay their appointment of a director of football amid uncertainty over the managerial situation.

Gary Brazil is in interim charge of the club until the end of the season after Philippe Montanier was sacked in January.

Brazil made a strong initial impact in caretaker caretaker but Forest’s results have subsequently nosedived and they are facing a relegation battle after a dismal run which leaves them just six points clear of the bottom three.

The east Midlands clubs’ next game is against league leaders Brighton next Saturday but the squad will take heart from a 0-0 draw with Wigan which brought a halt to a run of three successive losses.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Brazil identifies which two areas of his squad that need strengthening.

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