Simon Jordan has defended Evangelos Marinakis with the Nottingham Forest owner coming under criticism for his ambition.
When Forest won promotion to the Premier League back in May, Marinakis wasn’t just aiming to stay up on the final day of the season.
Marinakis wanted more and who can blame him; he also owns Olympiacos and has experienced plenty of title wins there.
Nobody is really expecting Forest to win the Premier League any time soon but Marinakis wants to use promotion as a springboard for success.
Simon Jordan has defended Evangelos Marinakis
We have seen Marinakis fund a quite remarkably spending spree over the summer with Forest making more than 20 signings.
So far, it hasn’t really gone to plan; Forest have won just once in the Premier League this season.
A 6-0 defeat to Manchester City is one thing but throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Bournemouth has opened the floodgates.
Marinakis and Forest are now receiving major criticism for their spending spree, with Jim White joining in.
White, speaking on talkSPORT earlier today, suggested that Marinakis had been on a spending spree that would ultimately lead to Steve Cooper being sacked.
Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan responded strongly, claiming that it was a ‘stupid observation’.
Jordan went on to highlight that Cooper will have the full backing of Marinakis and he will have supported the influx of signings over the summer.
White then told a story of how Marinakis admitted that he wanted to win trophies after the playoff final, with the Scot feeling that kind of talk was too much, too soon.
Jordan again though defended the Forest owner, believing that it’s ‘preposterous’ to restrict owners from having ambition for the future, much like Marinakis has with Forest.
“Steve Cooper will have immense currency with his owner,” said Jordan. “He has done something for Nottingham Forest, in terms of getting this team out of the division, that for 23 years, a variety of managers – from legends of the club to highfalutin mangers – have got nowhere near achieving. Steve Cooper will be the intellectual capital behind his owner’s spend.”
“Good for him!” said Jordan when White pointed out that Marinakis was looking for trophies rather than relegation. “So let me get this right, the only people who are allowed to have ambition are players and managers, but woe betide an owner that has ambition. I’ve never heard anything so preposterous.”