Fawaz Al-Hasawi: I want Nottingham Forest to imitate Manchester City

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi wants his team to imitate Manchester City.

The Kuwati businessman took charge of Nottingham Forest in 2012, and has since brought some stability to the club after a tough time at the City Ground.

Following a less than promising 2013/14 season, Al-Hasawi spent heavily in the summer of 2014, and hired club legend Stuart Pearce as manager, in the hopes of securing a top flight return for the former European Cup winners. Whilst the season started in a good fashion, the situation has faltered in recent weeks, and Forest’s expenditure has seen them hit with a Financial Fair Play induced transfer embargo that will likely carry through until next season.

He has spoken often of wanting to restore Forest to their former heights, and he is looking at the recent successes of Manchester City - themselves in the second tier as recently as 2002 - as inspiration for the way he runs Forest.

Speaking at the Dubai International Sports Conference, Al-Hasawi said: “We want to put this club in the Premier League.

“We are trying to imitate the club [Man City] at a lower level.”

While Forest have followed City in some aspects - high expenditure and FFP restrictions - there is still some work to be done at the City Ground to properly succeed, and Al-Hasawi claimed that he is held back by being the only sponsor of the Midlands club.

“They are the big clubs,” he continued. “There’s a government behind them. HH Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan owns the club. You know when someone like that of that kind of calibre is running the club, they can take the club to the top and he can win many, many trophies.

“For us, we are going to try but I am the only sponsor for the club.

“There is nobody backing me. There is no one backing Nottingham Forest, not even anyone from Kuwait city. My company is paying for everything.

“If I had sponsors or a government behind me, things would be different.”

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