John Metgod returning to Nottingham Forest as a director shows the club are moving past dark times

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Under former owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, Forest were a state to say the very least, but things seem to be on the up at The City Ground.

Nottingham Forest fans may have been pleasantly surprised to see the news that former player John Metgod had returned to the club at board level as a director, but the news indicates already just how far the club have come since the turbulent Fawaz Al Hasawi days.

One huge stick used to beat the beleaguered Kuwaiti businessman with was the fact that ex-players - legendary, trophy winning players especially - were never appreciated even on a basic level, and the 150th anniversary of the club was a massive disappointment for all concerned.

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However, the decision under the new ownership of Evangelos Marinakis to bring back Metgod - who, as well as representing Forest, played 49 league matches for Real Madrid - at board level is a huge indicator that Forest have made huge strides to repair the damage Al Hasawi left at The City Ground.

Metgod is being brought in to boost the club's footballing knowledge, build up burnt down bridges with former players, and to try and assist with fan and community engagements - all of which was taken for granted under the previous ownership.

When the club chairman Nicholas Randall was appointed, he declared that the club wasn't fit for purpose and that a lot of work would have to be done to try an re-establish Forest into a well-run and structured football club, but hiring Metgod is a huge leap towards achieving that.

Given the colossal mismanagement over the last few years, a well-run club who can pick up the odd three points on a Saturday is all the Forest fans want right now, and it seems that they may finally get their wish as the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel grows brighter by the day.

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