Kuwaiti takeover is on..

The takeover that’s been rumoured for what feels like aeons is finally subject to official announcements.  Whilst it is now confirmed that the interested party is indeed from Kuwait (despite the strange repeated insistence that it wasn’t from the Nottingham Post!) and Messrs. Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al-Hasawi are now the only horse currently in the running – completing due diligence and fit and proper persons type things.

Of course, this announcement is most welcome – and whilst it has stemmed a degree of the rumour mongering, and arguments about who ‘called’ it, it also will spiral all manner of other dubious stories, which I intend to ignore as I did with the takeover rumours until we got some new news.  Reading the statement from our new would-be owners they sound ambitious, and the coming weeks promise to be a very interesting time.

I feel rather mixed about it – obviously the uncertainty doesn’t help matters – but mostly I am relieved that we have definite interest, as clearly the Doughty Estate (quite understandably) clearly didn’t want the club as a going concern.  The origin of our ownership doesn’t worry me – whether it be local, English, Kuwaiti or whatever else – it’s fairly irrelevant, what is of course more of a worry would be the style of this new regime.

We have a few examples of new investors over recent years – Manchester City of course being the most auspicious and finally delivering the Premier League title with their huge investment.  Then we have smaller examples with pretense of ostentatiousness – Cardiff City spending money they didn’t have and getting away with it, Leicester City spunking money left, right and centre on anything that moved and ultimately failing.

Perhaps something more like the latter QPR model is the middle ground – an initial period of turbulence eventually settled into a sensible strategy that ultimately delivered promotion, Southampton is another example of shrewd and not over-the-top investment delivering sustainable results over a period of time.  Then of course you have clubs who didn’t have big-money takeovers performing excellently – Swansea, Norwich, Blackpool (at times).

I hope these are the inspirations that our new leadership will aspire to, rather than getting a cash hoover like Sven Goran Eriksson in to deliver nothing but chaos and a massive over-spend.  At this stage it doesn’t seem appropriate to speculate on the future of – well – pretty much anybody from Frank Clark down to Terry the Kitman.  So I won’t – I’m not going to enter into all that nonsense and will just comment on news as it happens.

Of course, it could prove to be incredibly exciting.  I must confess to feeling somewhat jaded with the nature of modern football, and well, the sickening amount of money involved to be successful is still something that sits most uncomfortably with me – however, like any fickle football fan, I would of course dearly love to be able to witness some sustainable success for Forest – and the only way that would be achievable would be by spending.

This news, combined with the likely confirmation that the deal is done, should hopefully be enough to push those of you still teetering on the brink of renewing into getting your mitts on a season ticket and we can all get down to the City Ground to witness the dawning of a new era.  Whatever your feelings on the regime of the last decade-and-a-bit, certainly I don’t think it’s an unreasonable argument to suggest that we needed a change at the top.

Of course, we all wish that this takeover was prompted by a less tragic catalyst – and it would seem that through his last wishes Nigel Doughty has done one last service for a club he dearly wanted to elevate back to the big time, by ensuring the people and processes were in place to hopefully have performed the necessary due diligence in both directions to ensure that Nottingham Forest remains in the hands of people who will endeavour to do their best for it.

And hopefully actually be, y’know, quite good at delivering that intent.  Interesting times ahead, I think the blog might be reawakening from its’ traditional summer slumbers.  In Fawaz Al-Hasawi there’s a definite football passion, which could go one of two ways – but the early silver lining is he was also linked with a takeover at Leeds, so it’s annoyed them it was the Reds he was after all this time.

24 Responses

  1. its not annoyed Leeds at all. They’re being taken over by middle eastern billionaires next week.

  2. But according to Doughty and Arther, having a mega rich owner counts for little under the new FFP regulations so what real benefit will we see from this takeover in playing terms?

    Or maybe these regulations aren’t worth the paper they’re written on due to the numerous loopholes which is why everyone has signed up?

  3. As long as they don’t try to get Warn(c)ock in I’ll be happy!

  4. Good summary of all the mixed feelings rolled into one NFFC ! …..hard to put into words but compared to Blackburn , LeIcester and Man city , I often felt somehow more secure about Forest in our own bumbling way – it was our club owned by a lifelong fan, so no matter what it felt like ours ….
    I agree with you on the style of leadership point – if we become synonymous as just a rich man’s or families plaything – we may be more successful ( although this is not guaranteed as you say) – but will it still be our Forest …. I hope so ……i really do

  5. The only way we’ll survive is by being in the premiership …. are there any typical “models” for getting there? apart from a good manager, good players & the fans 110% behind the club.

    Due dliligence can be done with a pint & handsheik in the tbi this lunchtime …

    onwards and upwards

  6. Welcome back nffc – delighted to see that the rumours and spin have not tempted you to move away from the usual excellent commentary – I guess if it goes ahead, we will be able to look forward to the unvieling of the new Home shirt.

    Perhaps those of us who have already renewed our Season Tickets will be sent one as an appreciation message of thanks? (Well, if you don’t ask ………)

  7. We’ll have to Kuwait and see but I’m just happy that we have interest in our club and hope we can continue to stand our ground in the Championship before dreaming of the Prem. Renewed our season tickets last week and was surprised how many people were in the queue.
    Looking forward to your reports NFFC…how boring is cricket and tennis by the way?


  8. We’ll need to find some clever way of getting round the FPP rules to pay Messi and Ronaldo’s wages! ;0)

  9. It’s simple AR, a club can only spend what it makes + a specified %age so all a club has to do is show revenue not cash injections. Match ball sponsorship for 10m/game sir? There is a reason everyone is sh!t scared of what Man City can do and are trying to introduce rules regarding ‘reasonable’ levels of sponsorship

  10. A very comprehensive run through of what I would think most reds fans are thinking and feeling about the news right now. As for myself I hope that we have new owners who understand what owning a provincial football club is all about and go about their business in a sensible and sustainable manner.Having read some of the posts on the NEP site you would think the new owners are straight away going to put in millions and we will be in Europe in two seasons time.It will make the City ground a slightly different place to visit this season compared to last and there may or may not be a whole new team in the management seats.that will be decided in the near future hopefully so we can get on with the business of pre season preparation to give ourselves of a good start. Nice to see your comments and look forward to more over the coming season.As we are in NZ we can only watch and support from afar but that does not diminish our desire to see our team settle and do well as well as move forward and build a future through youth and experience.


    • what Arthur said.

      Thanks for the information and context.

  11. let’s get things signed off, e.g. Chambers would be dropping down to a smaller club with no ambition if he signed for Ipswich ….

  12. Nervous but exiting times for Forest. I was in Spain on holiday last week and I drove my wife mad checking on Forest for any breaking news.

  13. Interesting times ahead and yet another twist in our recent history – can only hope that our diligence on them has been thorough and their intentions are genuine.

    Even if their wealth is not of the proportions some commentators have claimed, it will hopefully bring some much-needed stability.

    As for the other “news”, I can only assume Fergie Jr’s contract is up, or Barry Fry is having a laugh.

  14. Whatever happened to The Maddog and Sammy Clingan?

  15. Sallam Halakum…….nffc & all the others Reds out there!

    Better start brushing up on the arabic?

    First word: Yallah……….hurry up!

  16. As long as they don’t change our badge and the colour of our shirts like the new Cardiff owners I’ll be ok.

    What we really need is a long term plan of how Forest should build itself as a commercial brand and as a footballing legacy (like Ajax, Barcelona, Spain and Germany have done).

    This is an extract from Jurgen Klinsmann on the development of the Germany squad.
    “Before the World Cup in 2006, we tried to build an identity not just for the team, but for the people as well. We sat down, had workshops and decided we wanted to play aggressive, high paced football and it meant a lot of hard work.

    “If you want to play at a high tempo, you need to be fit. You need to be ready for set-backs, getting hammered by the media and that is the same in England and Germany. You need to be patient and go through difficult moments. You need to empower the players, giving them a sense of accountability and resposibility. The German players now have to pay back the power given to them.”

    It sounds so simple doesn’t it? But this is hard to do because so many people lack bravery and patience. All the successful footballing nations and clubs have applied a similar model that works for them. It didn’t take Germany that long to turn around an ageing and unsuccessful side into a really attractive and exciting team. By putting into place a template like this you are guaranteeing the future of the club at the top of the game rather than scrapping around in playoff/relegation places.

    If ND had done this and sought proper footballing knowledge from the teams that have applied this then his money wouldn’t of been wasted. And that is the saddest thing of his tenure. He had such a good heart but there was never something continued to a consistent high standard. Hart brought on great players, we ended up selling them and someone else got the best out of them. I hope now we will really use our youth development mixed with good experienced pro’s like Higginbottem instead of relying on mercenaries like Derbyshire and Miller.

    Realistically though they are going to want Premier league status yesterday and you can’t blame them for that but getting there in many cases is the easy part. Staying there and building a great club is what so many fail to do.

    The new money pot sky and BT have put in is around £3BN! Thats nearly double what the last deal was. If anything they should of reduced it to bring some balance amongst the teams and players wages. Its crazy.

    • I hope we get guediora ! Steve is spot on going for him. Who is going to be our captain now ?? Exciting times !!!!

    • I was hoping we could get Bridge,but Brighton got him first ! Let’s hope everything is sorted by monday and Steve can get down to Wolves and get Guediora ! I’m sure he would relish playing with Cohen in midfield !!!!

    • Lets hope it is sorted on monday and Steve can go ang get Guediora from Wolves to start the ball rolling ! I’m sure he would enjoy playing with Cohen in midfield . Exciting times ahead !!!

  17. Yallah Shabab – Hurry up young men

    Seedar – Forward

    Barra – Out

    Halas -Finish

    Aiwa – Yes

    La – No

    Goal – Goal!!!

    I knew those 5 years in Oman would pay dividends.

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