Marinakis sends message to Nottingham Forest fans after completed takeover
By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis has admitted he wants see the club back competing among the elite in the Premier League.
The Greek businessman completed his takeover of the Championship club on Thursday afternoon, ending the turbulent five-year reign of Fawaz-Al-Hasawi.
The announcement was made by Nottingham Forest on their official club website, where it was revealed that he had completed a 100 per cent takeover of the club.
Following his arrival, Marinakis, who is also the owner of Greek Superleague outfit Olympiakos, immediately laid down his ambition to send the club back to the Premier League ‘where it belongs’.
He told BBC Sport: “We have a long-term plan and within this long-term plan we want to bring Nottingham to where it belongs. And of course Nottingham belongs in the Premier League.
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“Furthermore the supporters of Nottingham have been tired all these years, and they didn’t have such good times. But they remained loyal and for us that’s very important.
“The potential is huge. The potential of this team is that when it will be very well organised, when it will achieve victories again, when it will have a better position in the Championship and we can look seriously at the Premier League, then we will be there to stay.”
His message to the fans will bring good cheer across the City Ground ahead of next season, having been forced to endure a miserable campaign for their side this term.
Forest only narrowly avoided relegation to League One, beating the drop on the final day of the season due to their superior goal difference over rivals Blackburn.
Since their last appearance in the Premier League in 1998-99, they have spent 14 seasons in the second tier and three in League One, but Marinakis revealed his determination to see them back ‘where they belong’.
Marinakis was in prolonged talks over a potential takeover of the club during the last couple of months, with the Guardian reporting back in March that he had held secret talks over moving into a potential key role at the club.
However, it was also reported at the time that while Marinakis would become the majority shareholder at the City Ground, Al-Hasawi would still remain involved.
But the announcement by the club on Thursday confirmed that Nottingham Forest had completely severed their ties with their much-maligned previous owner.
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