English club Nottingham Forest bought by Olympiakos owner

Doug Mendoza
May 19, 2017

The EFL also asked Uefa for its views on Marinakis' ownership of Olympiakos and received a positive response.

The new era has also started with Marinakis stressing how important the club's supporters are. Our objective is to bring back the glory days.

"We are therefore proud to announce the appointment of Nicholas Randall, QC, one of the leading sports lawyers in England, to the club's board".

"We are football people to the core and we love and know the game".

The Olympiacos owner will take complete control of the Championship club, bringing an end to Fawaz Al Hasawi's five-year tenure at the City Ground.

The protracted deal has been in the pipeline for several months, but was in doubt after it emerged Marinakis was facing allegations of match fixing in his homeland of Greece, meaning he failed to meet the criteria set out in the EFL's Owners and Directors test.

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The 49-year-old told BBC Sport that claims he is involved in criminal activity had been made up by "jealous" opponents in a bid to discredit him adding: 'I have nothing to be afraid of and to worry about as I have done nothing wrong'. I can tell you again that I have nothing to do with it because I know very well what I have done and how I have achieved victories.

Samantha Gordon will stay on at the club as chief financial officer while David Cook joins as chief commercial officer from Etihad Airways where he was Senior Sponsorship Manager.

Marinakis has led Olympiacos to success at home and in Europe.

A previous takeover by a United States consortium fell through in January.

Marinakis, who set up his business in the United Kingdom after attending school and university in London, wants to replicate his success with Olympiacos at Forest and has appointed lawyer Nicholas Randall as club chairman. The players performed magnificently in the crucial match against Ipswich Town and the way they responded to and implemented Mark's game plan is a credit to the environment he has created.

'We know a lot of players, managers, clubs, officials in various parts of the world in global football, agents - all this can help us to put all our connections together and try to do our very best for Nottingham'. It is crucial for the club to give back to fans as this is a joint effort to bring back success. They were relegated from the Premier League in 1999 and have struggled under various owners to return.

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