Olympiacos owner buys Nottingham Forrest
The takeover of the historical Nottingham Forrest has been completed.
The new owner of the two-time European Cup Winners is none other than the current owner of Greek giants Olympiacos-Evangelos Marinakis.
Marinakis is a Greek business tycoon. He has his shipping business which is run by a consortium. The business magnate will overtake the club marking an end to the 5-year reign of Fawaz Al Hasawi.
Under Marinakis, Olympiacos has become champions of Greece for a staggering seven times in a row. But these victories has also been associated with several allegations and match-fixing is one of them, a charge on which the current Forrest owner is also accused. Marinakis & Co. were also charged for bombing the bakery of a referee after results did not go their way.
Inspite of all these serious allegations, EFL has allowed the Greek to take over the prestigious institute. EFL said, they asked UEFA also regarding the track-record of Marinakis and the elite body of European football had given them the green signal with a positive response, only after which they have allowed the takeover to occur.
In an interview with BBC’s Richard Conway, Evangelos Marinakis has expressed his plans regarding the club and has also given answers related to the match-fixing accusations.
He said,”In all these years, a lot has been said but nothing came out in reality. All of it have been dismissed and we have been clear from all this.”
“Now there is a last case remaining there are about 80 persons involved. I can tell you again that I have nothing to do with it because I know very well what I have done and how I have achieved victories.”, he added.
Marinakis mentioned that all these accusations of him being a part of ‘Criminal organisation’ is nothing but a conspiracy by the ‘jealous oppoments’ ‘to destroy’ his and the club’s image.
Amidst this dark half of his track-record, the Greek business tycoon has voiced clearly about his plans to rejuvenate Nottingham Forrest.
He said,”I never make promises, I deliver” adding that the club belongs to the top of English football and his aim will be to restore stability in the club. He has also showed his full faith on Manager Mark Warburton, the man who left Rangers’ job to manage Forrest saying he will be there ‘for a number of years’.
In the interview with BBC, he also hinted in bringing down the ticket prices and forming a ‘Fan’s advisory board’, something that the fans of the Nottingham outfit will be happy to hear.
Forrest saved their relegation to the third tier via goal difference after a win on the final day of the English Championship this season. With the new owner in charge, the heritageous institution and it’s fans will like to see a twist in the fortunes in the years to come.