Nottingham Forest: I have the final say on transfer targets, says McLeish
ALEX McLeish says he still has the final say on player recruitment at Nottingham Forest – and hopes to make at least one new addition before the end of the week.
The Reds boss admits he is in the dark when it comes to the changes to the club hierarchy, following the departure of chief executive Mark Arthur and head of player recruitment Keith Burt on Thursday.
And McLeish has not yet been told whether the club's owners, the Al Hasawi family – who also sacked club ambassador Frank Clark last week - plan to replace either man or create a position to help with the running of the club.
But the Scotsman was happy to see his players remain undistracted by the off-the-field turmoil, as they secured a point from the East Midlands derby at Pride Park.
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And, regardless of the changes to the hierarchy, he hopes the club are close to making new additions.
"We have not sat down to discuss things. But the most important thing for me is choosing who goes on that pitch and who (in terms of players) comes into the club," said McLeish. "I am waiting on the owners' plan. I have not been briefed on the way forward.
"But I am picking the players, in terms of targets. We have had a few run by us by agents and I have said no to them. I have a clear idea of who we want. We have to bring players in who will enhance the squad. We are not talking about £5m fees or £30k a week wages.
"We want to remain prudent, in terms of the club, and make sure we only bring in players who will make us better.
"What do we need to win promotion or get to the play-offs, to go up automatically? I don't know. But I think we need four or five, if you include a couple on loan.
"We have to get on with it. These things happen at clubs all over the country; all over the world. In my day there was turmoil in the boardroom when I was a player. You just concentrate on your game.
"You show what you can do for the team. It is all about that and the players did that well (in 1-1 draw at Derby)."
Forest's targets include Birmingham winger Chris Burke, Peterborough's attacking midfielder George Boyd and Southampton defender Danny Fox.
And, while Peterborough are playing hard ball, a deal for Burke is understood to be close.
"I expect something to happen. I know the owners are keen for something to happen, so that they can show they are backing us," said McLeish. "I think the players would welcome new additions. These players are capable of getting into the top six.
"But I want to give them a helping hand, to make it more realistic for us to do it. Something might happen this week. But people play a game in the transfer window. We know what is happening and we will try to push one or two things. But we do not want to appear desperate."