Report: Nottingham Forest close to double appointment; ex-Premier League defender linked with post

The Tricky Trees are set to make two behind-the-scenes additions.

General view inside the City Ground

Nottingham Forest are close to appointing both a chief executive and director of football, the Nottingham Post reports, citing Greek sources.

Though a proposed takeover of the Championship club is still ongoing, prospective buyer Evangeos Marinakis appears to already have his feet under the City Ground table.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesMarinakis (C) remains in talks to buy Forest

According to the Post, two of the Greek's Olympiacos associates could be bound for the Forest boardroom - including a former Premier League defender.

John Vrentzos, who currently acts as the Super League champions' CEO, is being tipped to take on a similar role with the Reds, while Pierre Issa, formerly of Chelsea and Watford, is rumoured to be following him as director of football.

Pierre Issa during their World Cup Finals match in Pusan June 2, 2002.Issa in action for South Africa

Olympiacos, though, have denied that Vrentzos could leave the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, but said the same when Marinakis was first linked with buying Forest.

However, the Piraeus outfit are said to be open to the prospect of Issa joining the Reds, as they consider a behind-the-scenes restructure.

Spaniard Juanjo Lorenzo, who is also on Olympiacos' books, was previously linked with a move to the City Ground, with Forest, who are the last remaining Championship club without a manager, expected to favour the continental model of hiring a director of football to work alongside a head coach.

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie FreedmanIt is more than three months since Forest sacked Dougie Freedman

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