By Danny Wright

14th Apr, 2017 | 9:10pm

Owner of Champions League regulars nears Nottingham Forest takeover - report

By Danny Wright

Evangelos Marinakis is expected to complete a takeover of Nottingham Forest in the not-too-distant future, according to a report.

The Nottingham Post reports that the Olympiakos owner is close to taking hold of a majority stake in the East Midlands club.

The Football League are set to give Marinakis’ takeover the thumbs up in an owners’ and directors’ test.

Fawaz Al Hasawi is likely to cease all involvement with the Reds after almost five years of ownership since the sudden death of Nigel Doughty.

Eight different permanent managers have been in the hot seat since Al Hasawi took control of the club, with Mark Warburton becoming his latest boss in March.

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Marinakis, who has been president of Champions League regulars Olympiakos since 2010, is expected to be partnered by Greek telecommunications tycoon Socrates Kominakis.

It is unsure what division Nottingham Forest will find themselves in next year though, with a defeat to relegation-rivals Blackburn on Good Friday leaving Warburton’s side just two points clear of the bottom three.

The ex-Rangers boss has only won one of his five games in charge and has said that he is unconcerned by what is going on regarding the club’s takeover and his focus remains solely on first-team matters.

“”I have not spoken to anyone connected with them. That is above my pay grade, I just deal with the team here,” he said, as quoted by the Nottingham Post.

“We will do what we have to do, on the pitch. It is about keeping this club in the Championship.”

In other Nottingham Forest news, Warburton has issued a fight or die message to his squad ahead of Monday’s visit to Cardiff.

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