Report outlines possible factor in failed Nottingham Forest takeovers

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi's apparent personal demands have been disclosed by the Guardian.

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi

Nottingham Forest's owner's failure to sell the club could be down to personal demands made by himself, the Guardian reports.

It is alleged that the man in question, Fawaz Al-Hasawi - who is looking to sell 80 per cent of the club and keep the remaining 20 along with a clause excluding him from further financial contributions - has been asking prospective buyers for an annual salary just shy of half a million pounds.

The report adds that this figure would more than double to £1.08 million if Forest were ever promoted to the Premier League - putting him on roughly £9,000 a week more than the average Forest player's wage (£12,000 a week) - while all the money invested by Al-Hasawi over the past four years would be returned to the Kuwaiti in three lump sums.

Nottingham Forest Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi (L)

Under the proposed terms, Al-Hasawi would stand to pocket yet more money were Forest to go up and stay up - an initial promotion bonus of £480,000 and another one-off payment amounting to a year’s salary - in return for doing nothing.

Worse still, Al-Hasawi is also said to be seeking the total sum of what the players earn in bonuses - a request that is sure to test the patience of those inside the Forest dressing room, who are already unhappy at frequency with which they have been paid late or not received said bonuses, the Guardian reports.

General view inside the City Ground

Forest, who are 16th in the Championship, are currently the subject of a proposed £50 million takeover by an American consortium fronted by former San Diego Padres owner John Jay Moores - one which Al-Hasawi claims is close to completion.

The Guardian's report is bound to raise doubts over the validity of these claims however, especially given the fact that one prospective buyer, Greek ship owner Evangelos Marinakis, has already pulled out of a deal.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesMarinakis (centre)

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