The phrase ‘once bitten, twice shy’ comes to mind. Only Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has torn a huge chunk out of any bond of trust he once had with the club’s frequently exasperated fan base.
The Kuwaiti businessman insisted on Monday that there was absolutely, definitely, positively no way that talented young defender Matty Cash would be leaving to join Chelsea in January after The Sun reported that the Premier League leaders were ready to table an opening bid of £1.5 million.
Then again, Forest fans could be forgiven for experiencing a bit of déjà vu. They’ve heard similar pledges so many times before. Michail Antonio, Oliver Burke, Karl Darlow, Jamaal Lascelles; all were absolutely, definitely, positively not for sale. Yet, none of them are playing their football in a Nottingham Forest shirt this season.
They may have one of the most impressive academy systems in English football right now, with Philippe Montanier’s managerial debut against Burton in August containing six players reared within the confines of the City Ground, but what is the use in developing these players to sell them at the first flash of cash?
Forest fans will just be hoping that’s not a question they will need to ask again by the end of January.
Two things. Number 1. If #nffc even consider £5m for cash then they want their heads examined. Young, homegrown talents are gold dust— Benji Neil (@BenjiNFFC) November 28, 2016
Fawaz says Matty Cash wont be sold which ofcourse means Matty Cash will be sold #nffc— MJ (@___michaeljohns) November 28, 2016
Fawaz: "Cash going nowhere." January 31st: 'Cash signs five-year deal with Chelsea for £2Million" #nffc— Gareth Roberts (@RedDogRoberts) November 28, 2016
Matty Cash to Chelsea? Two words of advice, young man:— Andrew Chester (@Andrew_Chester) November 28, 2016