Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi explains Dougie Freedman sacking

Nottingham Forest owner said he feared relegation.

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has explained why he took the decision to sack manager Dougie Freedman.

Forest have lost five of their last six matches, and Al-Hasawi told The BBC he feared the club were sliding towards being relegated.

This is despite having a nine point gap over the drop zone with 10 games to go, a position the owner feels is precarious.

Al Hasawi said: "I want stability but I want to win games and don't want to go to the relegation zone.

"We are in a very difficult position - nine points from relegation - and we have to do some changes."

Teams below them are beginning to pick up points, with Charlton beating Middlesbrough at the weekend and Rotherham finding form under new boss Neil Warnock.

Al Hasawi has come in for criticism since the sacking, with Freedman having had to manage under a transfer embargo during his entire tenure, while star players have either been sold or are out injured.

The owner added to his comments by sending a message on Twitter, claiming to be going through the same emotions as the supporters, simply wanting the team to win.

The replies drew a mixed response from supporters...


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