Garth Crooks has criticised Evangelos Marinakis after Nottingham Forest’s summer spending spree and the 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth.
Forest looked to be heading towards a victory on Saturday afternoon, taking a 2-0 lead over Bournemouth at the City Ground.
Cheikhou Kouyate’s header and a Brennan Johnson penalty had Forest coasting and seemingly on their way to three points.
However, Forest collapsed after the break, with Philip Billing’s long-range pile driver setting up a stunning comeback for Bournemouth.
Dominic Solanke drew Bournemouth level and when the big chance chance to Jaidon Anthony, he stuck it away to give the Cherries the win.
Garth Crooks has criticised Evangelos Marinakis
The reaction to his defeat has not been good.
Losing 6-0 to Manchester City is one thing, but losing at home to a fellow promoted club – and a club you would expect to be in a fight against the drop just like Forest – is worrying.
We know that Steve Cooper faces a battle to bring so many new signings together into a cohesive unit, and Saturday’s defeat really summed that up.
Forest ended the transfer window with 18 first-team signings, three additions for the Under-23’s and two signings who joined but were immediately loaned out to Olympiacos.
Another should arrive soon in Serge Aurier, but the criticism for Forest is growing louder and louder.
Pundit Garth Crooks has now had his say, telling BBC Sport that Forest have a ‘deep and troubling issue’ emerging.
Crooks feels that Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis just thinks that he can throw money at the Premier League and stay up, which may not be possible.
Crooks thinks other teams have lived to regret this kind of approach, but doesn’t actually name them.
“They have a deep and troubling issue taking place at the City Ground,” said Crooks. “They seem to have an owner who thinks, by simply throwing money at a Premier League club, he can save it from relegation. I can name him numerous clubs that have tried that and lived to regret it,” he added.
There have been comparisons to Fulham in the 2018-19 season, and whilst they were relegated, they have been back up twice since, so have they really regretted it that much?
It’s early days for Forest, and yes, results need to come soon, but it’s too early to talk about regrets.