Report: Marinakis 'likely to get approval' as final stage of Nottingham Forest takeover approaches
By Danny Wright
The English Football League are currently assessing Evangelos Marinakis’ proposed takeover of Nottingham Forest and he is “likely to get approval”, according to the BBC.
According BBC Sport, the Olympiakos owner is currently facing match-fixing charges in Greece but is denying the allegations and is waiting to see whether the case will go to a trial.
Forest managed to stay in the Championship during a final day of drama which saw Blackburn relegated to League One on goal difference despite all three survival scrappers winning their fixtures.
Current owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has been at the helm for five years, was quoted by the BBC Sport website as saying that Marinakis’ takeover has stepped up a gear and is now “99 per cent” complete following the confirmation of Forest’s Championship status and the EFL have now confirmed their involvement in the matter.
“A change of control at Nottingham Forest is currently being assessed by the EFL Executive within the context of our regulations,” said an EFL spokesperson, as quoted on the BBC Sport website.
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The BBC has said that he is “likely to get approval as he has not been convicted of any crime”.
This will be the Greek tycoon’s second takeover attempt of Nottingham Forest this season as he and US business John Jay Moores both saw deals fall through.
Marinakis has owned Olympiakos since 2010 and has seen them win seven Greek league titles in that time but being in charge of Forest will prove to be a completely different experience.
Mark Warburton, the tenth manager of Al Hasawi’s ownership, managed to keep the East Midlands club away from the third tier by the skin of their teeth having won just three matches since taking charge in March.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Chris Cohen has revealed what he thinks has been poor about Al Hasawi’s reign.