Former Nottingham Forest striker Garry Birtles has told Nottinghamshire Live that owner Evangelos Marinakis should be praised for putting the supporters at the heart of the football club.

The Reds legend has taken time out to praise the good work done by the Greek businessman. Marinakis, who also owns Olympiacos, has worked wonders away from the field to revitalise how the football club operates.

Things weren’t quite so rosy under Fawaz Al-Hasawi and his relationship with supporters was extremely strained at times.

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Birtles believes what Marinakis is doing to repair such relationships is great to see.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “It’s brilliant to see a club that cares about its fans. It can’t be ignored that the club continues to do as much for the fans as possible and in fairness to them, they are responding by selling our at home and taking big support on the road.

“Mr Marinakis wants to involve the supporters where he can and that’s brilliant.

“What I would say is that the development plans, which look incredible, are a further sign about Evangelos Marinakis’ commitment to make this club the very best it can be.”


Birtles believes that the club in on an upward trajectory and he also feels that the staff employed by Marinakis also deserve a lot of praise for their tireless efforts.

He continued: “You also have to give credit to the staff behind the scenes, too.

“It was backroom staff who were giving away food after the Reading game was postponed, it’s they who go to community events and put themselves out there.

“There are so many good things happening which makes you proud to be involved with the football club. Whether it be work with the food bank or the Dream big project which I’ve been involved in, it really does emphasise the desire to improve.”

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Birtles had two spells at Forest either side of a stint at Manchester United and he’s considered a true great of the football club.

He netted 71 goals in 212 appearances at the City Ground and he knows all about the club working in unison which in turn produces the good on the pitch.

Building bridges

Some of the work being done by lots of people at the football club is magnificent and Nottingham Forest has worked hard to rebuild some bridges that were badly burned under the previous regime.

Now at the forefront of the community once more, the football club looks to be in desperately safe hands with Marinakis overseeing things.

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With Nicholas Randall QC overseeing daily operations, Forest have a man who knows all about English football and the staff employed by the club are all pulling together.

The ultimate ambition for Marinakis will be to return to the club to the Premier League and his meticulous approach on and off the field can only bode well for the future.

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