By Russell Edge
Evangelos Marinakis’ takeover of Nottingham Forest is set to be completed and confirmed today (Thursday), according to a reliable journalist.
The Greek businessman will be taking over from Fawaz Al Hasawi, who has been in charge of Forest over a tumultuous five year spell.
The news of the imminent takeover was reported by Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy, on his official Twitter account.
Evangelos Marinakis takeover of #nffc is agreed and set to be confirmed today
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) May 18, 2017
The decision comes after Marinakis, who also owns Greek side Olympiakos, met with the English Football League executive to undergo the directors’ and owners’ test.
The 49-year-old has been accused of match fixing in his native Greece, as reported by the BBC, but he denies the allegations and is waiting to find out whether the case will go to trial.
Forest fans will be hoping that the Greek business owner can improve the club’s fortunes after finishing this season above Blackburn in the last of the relegation spots solely on goal difference.
They also saw their side change managers halfway through the season with Mark Warburton coming in to replace Phillipe Montanier in January, the French boss having only been in place since June.
The fans however will be happy to see the back of former owner Al Hasawi after making a number of decisions on both players and managers which have angered the Forest Ground faithful.
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