Fawaz Al Hasawi pledges that Nottingham Forest will succeed – if everyone stands together
FAWAZ Al Hasawi today promised Nottingham Forest will be a success – if everyone stands together.
The club's Kuwaiti owner revealed he has been abused by some fans over his decision to sack Sean O'Driscoll on Boxing Day.
But he appealed for everyone to throw their weight behind new boss Alex McLeish – and insisted the Scot can steer the club into the play-offs.
Al Hasawi pledged he would back McLeish financially, during the January transfer window, and has asked fans to follow suit by offering their support during a critical period of the season.
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"If they hear that people are not behind the manager, it will be no good for our team," said the Reds chairman in a rare media interview.
"I am sure everyone wants Forest to win, but we need their support, we need the people behind us. I will tell you, if we are all together, united, we will win, we will be a success.
"When we made the decision, people were asking why we had sacked the manager, because we had just won against Leeds. But the decision had been made before that game. I would like us to provide an answer for people on the field.
"I respect what people say, but there were bad things said about me, about my family. I respect people, but I am the one spending the money and I believe I am doing the right things."
Al Hasawi believes he has made the right decisions for the club – and asks fans to reserve judgement until the end of the season.
"I respect people's opinions," he said. "But let's wait until the end of the season and see.
"Last season, Forest did not do well. They finished towards the bottom of the table.
"This season, we are up there, we are near to the play-offs. We have made things better.
"I wish for people to be behind us and the team. If, by the end, it turns out I have done things wrong or badly, people can say what they want.
"But let's wait, because there are 19 games to go and, as I said, if we can win 12 of those, we will have a good chance."
And Al Hasawi believes Forest have the right man at the helm, in McLeish.
"To be honest, I want to look for the best," he said. "Sean O'Driscoll did very good work for us, in the first half of the season.
"I respect his work and I respect what he did for us. He chose the right players for us. But we want to move forward.
"Maybe lots of the supporters, lots of the people in Nottingham, did not like what happened in the end. But I would like them to give the new manager a chance, the chance to work hard with us and achieve something."
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