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Nigel Jemson praises under-fire Nottingham Forest figure

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Nigel Jemson has praised Evangelos Marinakis for the financial backing he has given managers since taking over at Nottingham Forest.

Marinakis completed his takeover of Forest in the summer of 2017, and has since spent big on plenty of players since taking over on Trentside.

The club broke their transfer record on Joao Carvalho in 2018, paying Benfica £13.2m for his signature. They also spent £6m on Lewis Grabban that summer, too, and the Greek hasn’t been shy when it has come to bringing in players.

It was a frustrating summer for Forest, though, who saw bids rejected for the likes of Josh Laurent, Tom Holmes and Lee Buchanan.

Forest did manage to bring in 10 new players over the course of the summer, but they failed to bring in Josh Maja on Deadline Day after a €4.5m move looked to be in the pipeline.

Fans have voiced their anger towards Marinakis in the early parts of what has been a largely disappointing campaign for the Reds, but they will now hope for an upturn in form under new head coach Steve Cooper.

But speaking to the Transfer Tavern, Nigel Jemson has praised Marinakis for the financial backing he has given Forest managers since taking over at the City Ground, despite the frustration surrounding Maja.

He said:  “I think you’ve got to compliment the owner, he’s always given the manager money if he wants a certain player.

“It would have been an exciting prospect for him to come over but you don’t know the ins and outs, whether it’s more money or up front or instalments or whatever it can be, or whether he’s turned it down, we don’t honestly know.

“But you have to be sure if you’re going to spend €4.5m on a player in the Championship, you’ve got to make sure he’s the right one.”

The Verdict

One thing that cannot be questioned about Marinakis is his willingness to put his hand in his pocket and back the likes of Aitor Karanka and Sabri Lamouchi.

But the recruitment strategy before this summer has just seemed wild and haphazard, and they will now hope for a clear direction under new CEO Dane Murphy.

If they can embed their new-look philosophy in quickly, then it could be a good mix.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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