Let’s Kuwait and see..

As seems to be the way, things happen at Forest when I’m away from home and much of my technology – so I’m going to be brief as blogging by phone isn’t the most fun thing in the world, plus unlike Nottingham it’s not raining incessantly where I am so I’m hoping to enjoy the weather a bit as well!

With a flurry of Twitter activity Fawaz Al Hasawi confirmed that he and his family had concluded their deal to take over Forest – and, it’s fair to says there was much rejoicing. Given the length of time this has been speculated about, it was cathartic as much as anything. After all, we know now it’s happened, but we don’t know much else.

Of course, we know the identity of our new owner – so perhaps aren’t quite in the position of ignorance Notts County were in with the Munto Finance saga – and we know he’s a wealthy man. Then again, so are Derby’s owners and they just sold their best defender for a fairly meagre profit. I am glad of the news, but am not planning on getting too carried away.

That said, Al Hasawi does make the right noises – he talks of recognising the past but building a future, of engaging with supporters (he might regret that when he sees our capacity for bickering!) and, above all, seems genuinely excited the deal has gone through – a football fan, the kind of guy that tweets a picture of his kids in Forest kits upon the deal becoming official. Even his wife has been conversing with Reds fans on Twitter.

Early exchanges have been pleasant, but we know only too well that Twitter and football fans often are a poisonous combination, too. But I’d say the early signs are very promising – I look forward to popping down to the City Ground on Saturday to welcome our new owners, and see what they have to say after announcing a press conference and all but inviting supporters down to the ground as well.

Certainly I think it unwise to be mouthing off about being rich, or sending embarrassing tweets directed at the likes of Garath McCleary or Luke Chambers or Joel Lynch regarding their decisions to move on. Right now I’d be relieved to see some form of squad building, some stabilisation and then a sensible strategy put in place over time commensurate with the level of investment the Al Hasawis are prepared to commit to the cause.

All of this over excitement at being “the next Manchester City” and the clamour to see statements of intent in the transfer market is as deluded as it is premature – now is the time to take stock, steady the ship and consolidate to ensure we have the right foundations to build upon. I’d like to think that some of that preparatory work will already have been considered and possibly enacted during negotiations, but I would definitely rather get it right than rush into the kinds of mistakes that have dogged our recent history.

I am pleased to see excitement and optimism amongst our fans, of course I am, but not misguided bragging based on limited information. Of course, I am not naïve enough to dare think that the rumour mill will not go into hyper speed now – I have seen us linked with Harry Redknapp, Neil Warnock, Mick McCarthy, Jordan Rhodes… the list I am sure will be endless. I’m not going to engage with it until there is confirmed news.

A huge welcome to Fawaz Al Hasawi and his family goes without saying, but now is the time for planning to get things right – not lurching headlong into our next phase of mismanagement. I’m hoping for an enjoyable journey, but can accept journeys might have tricky hills or diversions along the way.

مع السلامة

17 Responses

  1. Welcome to The Al Hasawi Family!

    I would like investment in the right areas. I do not want us buying average players like Miller on high wages!

    I would rather we bought a pool of 6-7 players who are the best in league one/two plus elokobi and guedioria.

    Then once we have a squad in place then maybe spend some money on a striker with quality like Ebanks Blake at Wolves.

    Id also be delighted if we decided to change our philosophy/brand of football like Swansea. I would be more than happy to see progress year after year if we decided to do this.

    I would try and offload Greening, Mcgoldrick, Derbyshire, Miller, Findley though as these are on decent wages and offer nothing. Id rather offer a league 2 player with potential lower wages than this players who have no hunger in them for football.

  2. Good article fella agree lets be steady and solid and move forward with good planning.I am very relieved we have owners who seem to care and have money to rebuild the mess that has been made .

    Welcome Fawaz and your family……

    U reds

  3. Agree as always with your points and you read my mind over Twitter! It’s all happy families now, but if we lose a few games and some morons start abusing him and his family, it might all turn sour. Anyway why be pessimistic. This is great news and I for one am very excited to see how it pans out. Just need to buy some bloody defenders now!

  4. This guy seem’s to understand Nottingham Forest’s history and that we are a great club that needs rebuilding over time.
    I think he seems genuine and honest and will be with Forest for a long time. I’m just glad he’s here.

  5. I think having a Twitter account is asking for trouble. Any old loon can go on their and spout cack.
    Happy that Forest’s future is secure. Let’s see what the new owners have to say on Saturday as yet anothrr new kit is unveiled…

  6. *there*

    • Reports already from, you’ve guessed it, Twitter, that a triple deal is in the offing for Elokobi, Guedioura and Kightly from Wolves…

  7. You’d think that a takeover by rich Arabs would have meant some oil tycoon snapping up NFFC but no, these guys have made their money in refrigeration apparently! Typical Forest, now we’re owned by a fridge magnete!

    New and exciting times, especially considering the oblivion we were looking at. COYR

    • Newcastle fan here, funny as F*** fridge magnete! like it good luck hope your arab is not as flash as Man citehs but not as roagish as Pompeys.

  8. One word. Stability. These guys are not in it for the money, they love football and seem to have been awaiting an opportunity to buy a piece of football heritage in England.

    Because, make no mistake here. Forest are sleeping giants, maybe at last we have the found the key to unleash the potential.

  9. Hold on to your horses all!!
    Let’s not forget the dire state Forest are in at the moment….
    I don’t think the likes of Chambers & Lynch would’ve departed this week if everything was going to magically transform overnight. Positive times yes, but you only have to look at the current squad to realise we are miles off the pace.

  10. I do love reading your writings nffcblog. Steady, realistic, low key and usually spot on to the correct point. Well done. Hopefully, we have very exciting times ahead, but lets be a bit cautious. Although difficult not to get carried away!

  11. And another thing… 😉 …. I can only repeat what Columbo has detected.

    Nice touch at the end, the welcoming phrase in Arabic/Kuwaiti.

    Welcome to our new owners from one of the legions of Australian/New Zealand based fans. Please stick around for the long haul.

  12. Dont think we should be worried about the players thats jumping ship,most of them did not give a shit last season going on performance,of all the clubs in the World these guys wanted to come to Nottingham Forest,to put us back on the football map,thats good enough for me and im sure all other Reds fans.i think if these blokes say they have a 5 years plan it just might be true……….things can only get better.

  13. Cotteril sacked…………………

  14. NFFC, respect your opinion and I guess there was always a good chance that Cotterill would go but I think ‘lingering malignant presence’ is a rather harsh! Cotterill kept us up in difficult circumstances and he made some some excellent loan signings so he obviously has a good eye for a player. He seems a decent bloke and a good football person so good luck to him. If it is true that Frank Clarke has gone too then they are obviously taking no prisoners.

    Have to say, what a strange decision by Joel Lynch to go to Huddersfield. Appreciate the desire to sort his future out but it is a real shame to lose a talented player who was really starting to make his mark at Forest.

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