Former Nottingham Forest manager urges fans to be patient

Forest City Ground

Nottingham Forest have struggled this season, and are in the midst of a horrendous run.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Frank Clark has pleaded with the City Ground faithful to have patience with owner - Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Clark was full of praise for the financial backing Al-Hasawi has provided:

"The owner gets criticised a lot by fans and pundits. But he's put an awful lot of money into that football club. People don't realise how much it costs to run a Championship football club these days."

Forest have been on a dismal run of late, losing seven of their last nine games, and the fans have turned on the owner, who they blame for the lack of continuity at the club.

Clark, who also managed Manchester City, insist that Forest can turn things around, but it will take time:

"They just need to survive this season then hopefully pick the right manger, give him a decent length of time. If they can get out of the transfer embargo. It's not something that's going to happen overnight. That's not possible anymore."

An interim manager in the Forest hot-seat is becoming a common feature at the City Ground, with Paul Williams being the 10th man to take charge of the East-Midlanders over the last seven years.

Al-Hasawi must ensure that his next appointment is made with a long-term vision - one that will help Forest return to England's top flight.

They currently sit 16th in the Championship, and only nine points clear of the relegation spots.

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