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Feb 1, 2013

Al Hasawi plays down Forest fears

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has attempted to reassure the club's fans about the direction of the club following troubling developments in January.

The transfer of Peterborough's George Boyd fell through at the last minute due to concerns about his vision leading to speculation that manager Alex McLeish, only appointed at the end of December, was considering his future with the club.

But Al Hasawi has reiterated his determination to return Forest to the Premier League and strongly denied accusations of interfering in the purchase of players.

In a statement on the club's official website, he said: "Alex and I talk every day, at least twice a day. We have a very good working relationship and it troubles me greatly that people think otherwise.

"I have been involved in football for 15 years and have never interfered when it comes to the players a manager wants to sign.

"I didn't do that in Kuwait and I haven't done it since we purchased Nottingham Forest last summer. "Yes, I have recommended players to managers but the final decision rests with them, not me.

"We have signed 18 players for Forest this season and all of them were either chosen by Alex McLeish or Sean O'Driscoll.

"All I want to see is Nottingham Forest back in the Premier League - and if that means I have to sign another 18 players that Alex wants then I will do it."

Forest have only won one of their last five league games and lie six points outside the play-off positions in the Championship. However, Al Hasawi says he will remedy that situation by allowing McLeish to enter the emergency loan market when it opens next week.

"Alex and I have spoken at length today and he has already outlined to me the kind of players he would like to bring in on emergency loan," he said.

"Whatever players he asks for I will try my hardest to bring to Nottingham Forest.

"I've heard it suggested that my family don't have the money to fund what we are trying to achieve at Forest or that we don't have any idea what we are doing.

"That upsets me because all I want is to make this great club successful, but the last word on transfers will always be with the manager."

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