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Forest's owners: running the club is not easy

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi in the stands Credit: PA

The owner of Nottingham Forest Fawaz Al Hasawi says running the club over the last 6 months has been harder than realised.

It follows the departure of Alex McLeish yesterday as manager.

He said:

"I cannot pretend that the last six months or so have been an easy time, either for myself and my family or the Club as a whole.

"We have had to make some difficult decisions and have had many issues to resolve.

"I know that many of our fans are frustrated. I want them to know that I share their frustrations but I remain as committed as ever to Nottingham Forest.

Fans not surprised at McLeish's departure

Alex McLeish has resigned as Nottingham Forest manager after just 40 days in charge.

In a statement he says he'd left the club by 'mutual consent'.

He leaves them 11th in the championship table and six points adrift of the play-off places ahead of their game against Bristol on Saturday. Fans have said they're not surprised by the move.

Forest chairman 'bitterly disappointed' over McLeish's departure

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has said he is 'bitterly disappointed' by McLeish's departure from the club:

“I’m bitterly disappointed – as is Alex – that it has not worked out as we had hoped when he became our manager and I would like to put on record my thanks for his services to the Club and wish him every success in the future.”

– FAWAZ AL-HASAWI

Alex McLeish leaves Nottingham Forest after 'difference in understanding'

Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has said he is 'saddened to be leaving after such a short period'.

McLeish said the decision for his departure came after a difference in understanding between him and the club.

“I am extremely saddened to be leaving after such a short period but even so it has been a privilege to be manager of such a fantastic football club and I want to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish Nottingham Forest the best of fortunes ahead.

“Both parties entered into the relationship in good faith, however, there was a difference in the understanding of the development strategy of the football club and it was felt by both parties that we should part company”.

– Alex McLeish

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