'Very impressive' - Nottingham Forest fans react on Twitter after Marinakis deal confirmed
By Matt Farr
Greek businessman Evangelos Marinakis has completed his takeover of Nottingham Forest – and fans on Twitter are delighted.
The club confirmed on their official website on Thursday that Marinakis had completed a 100 per cent takeover of the Championship club, ousting former chief Fawaz Al-Hasawi.
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 owner, ending his five-year reign in charge, much to the delight of fans.
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Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
— Jordan Thelen (@JordanThelen) May 18, 2017
— Sam Crawford (@s_redmist) May 18, 2017
Very impressive and could have the foundation of so much to build on. Fans, community, good business model, structure and sensible finances!
— Jack Smylie (@Inthetop1_nffc) May 18, 2017
Unbelievable that Marinakis has managed to do something(put a proper structure in place) in 1 day that Fawaz failed to do in 5 years. #nffc
— David Smith (@BigSquee365) May 18, 2017
Thank god for that,now let's get our club moving in the right way????#nffc
— Wayne Cooper (@waynecoops1981) May 18, 2017
Marinakis done more in 5 minutes, than Fawaz in 5 years #nffc
— David (@boxey217) May 18, 2017
— Rob Bayliss (@robnffcbayliss) May 18, 2017
Welcome Mr Marinakis #nffc
— Bal Bansal (@BalBansal) May 18, 2017
Fan happiness is ultimately split between the favourable plan of action set down by Marinakis immediately after his arrival, and the departure of Al-Hasawi, who had very few allies within the club’s fanbase.
Marinakis, who is also the owner of Greek Superleague outfit Olympiakos, has laid down his ambition to bring the ‘glory days’ back to the club, with two major European titles lodged in their glittering history.
But the turmoil brought to the club during the Al-Hasawi era saw Nottingham Forest on the brink of falling into League One, with the club only narrowly avoiding relegation this season.
There has though, been an element of controversy to Marinakis proposed takeover of the club, with the Greek chief facing accusations of match-fixing, although the move has been approved by the EFL.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Garry Birtles believes this could happen following the completed takeover.