By Matt Farr
Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is confident that Mark Warburton can lead the club to success, and has said he is ‘experienced’ and ‘proven’.
Warburton was announced as the new manager at the Championship club on Tuesday morning, in response to Forest’s poor position in the league.
The club confirmed the appointment on their official Twitter account, and Al Hasawi believes they have procured the services of an experienced, and proven manager.
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) March 14, 2017
Speaking to TalkSport, he said: “Mark Warburton is a proven manager. He did an amazing job with Brentford and also with Glasgow Rangers.
“We have been aiming for him for a long time, but we couldn’t get him because he was with other clubs.
“I wish he can move the club forward. He knows what he is doing, he knows how to deal with players, he knows the Championship, he is experienced, a proven manager. I know we will stay safe this season.”
Warburton, 54, was most recently on the books of Scottish giants Rangers, but was forced out of the club in acrimonious circumstances alongside David Weir and Frank McParland.
But the trio have all now been snapped up by Nottingham Forest, with Weir and Warburton signing two-year deals, joining McParland who had earlier been appointed as director of football.
He begins his tenure at home to east Midlands rivals Derby on Saturday, with the club just two points clear of the relegation zone.
Despite some positive results, including a shock 3-0 win over Brighton, the appointment brings to an abrupt end the tenure of Gary Brazil, who had initially been handed the management role until the end of the season.
The Nottingham Forest hierarchy had grown impatient with Brazil after failing to improve the club’s league position, but they hope to make a fresh start under the leadership of Warburton.
In other Nottingham Forest news, here are three senior players key to Warburton’s revival at the club.