Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has apologised to the club’s long suffering supporters for the lack of progress made at The City Ground during his time in charge according to the Nottingham Post.

The Reds narrowly avoided relegation to Sky Bet League One on Sunday after a 3-0 home victory over Ipswich Town secured their stay in the second tier.

Kuwaiti businessman Al-Hasawi’s ownership of the club is set to end in the coming days as Greek shipowner Evangelos Marinakis prepares to successfully end a long running takeover saga and after a turbulent period at The City Ground, Forest’s current owner has apologised to fans for the club’s failings.

“I am sorry if I caused problems for the club, but I wish Forest all the best” Al-Hasawi told the Nottingham Post. “I would like to tell the fans that. I did my best. I would like to say sorry to the fans, but I wish all the best to the new owners.

“I do love the club and I still want to see the best for Forest.

“The important thing was to stay in the division. I would like to thank the fans, but also the players and the manager.

“I am so disappointed that I could not make it happen for Forest; that I could not take the club into the Premier League.

“In the end we are safe and that is important. I wish the new owners all the best, I will always have a place in my heart for Nottingham Forest. I brought the club in the Championship and I wanted to take Forest to the Premier League, but I am grateful that I am selling the club still in the Championship now.

“I tried my best for Forest and I wish the new owner all the best. I hope he can do what we could not, by taking Forest up to the Premier League.”

It has been reported that Forest’s prospective new owner will meet with the English Football League later this week to obtain the green light to complete the takeover. It is thought that the sale will now be completed within the next 10 days.

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