By Danny Wright
Kenny Burns believes that Fawaz Al Hasawi’s reign as Nottingham Forest owner couldn’t have come to an end soon enough.
The Kuwaiti businessman completed the sale of the East Midlands outfit to Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis earlier this week and Burns is now excited for what the future may hold.
The 63-year-old, who was a two-time European Cup winner in his playing days at Forest, launched a scathing attack on Al Hasawi after his five-year tenure came to an end by saying that the club is now in a much worse state than it was before he came in.
“Thank God for that. The takeover of Nottingham Forest has finally gone through. I was beginning to think it would never happen,” said Burns on the Nottingham Post website.
“Now, the sooner Fawaz Al Hasawi is away out of Nottingham, the better. He’s taken this club down and down and down.
“This is a fresh start under the new owner, Evangelos Marinakis. I like what he’s done so far.
“He knows something about running a football club, from owning Olympiakos. And they have been very successful.”
Mark Warburton was installed as manager in March to replace interim boss Garry Brazil in a bid to keep Forest from slipping down into League One.
The ex-Rangers boss didn’t manage to avoid a relegation battle but he guided them to safety by the skin of their teeth thanks to a 3-0 win against Ipswich on the last day of the season which saw Blackburn relegated on goal difference.
Al Hasawi has been chairman at the City Ground since December 2012 and has faced fierce criticism from the fans and pundits alike for his time at the helm which has seen a huge number of managers chopped and changed.
In other Nottingham Forest news, Al Hasawi has delivered a heartfelt Twitter message to the Forest supporters.