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Stan Collymore tells owner of rival club to look at the example of Mike Ashley to follow

5 years ago

You certainly can’t keep a good man down and that is also the case with Stan Collymore.

The former football player and Talksport presenter is now touting himself for a key role at Nottingham Forest.

Under the auspices of simply being desperate to help the club he used to play for, Stan Collymore basically set up an interview with the club’s owner, where he explained to him just how the club should be run and where his (Collymore’s) place would be in that.

It looked as though control of Nottingham Forest was set to pass from Fawaz Al Hasawi to an American millionaire (John Jay Moores) but recent days have seen that deal fall flat.

Ever the opportunist, Stan Collymore managed to meet up with Fawaz Al Hasawi yesterday (Tuesday), where in the meeting he told him that Mike Ashley was ‘…proof that even at the 11th hour, stability, reason and good people with good intentions can win the day.’

As well as a load of off the pitch nonsense (sounds familiar!), you just have to see the team’s results to see why Forest fans are unhappy. Since taking over in summer 2012, this is where the club has finished up:

8th 2012/13

11th 2013/14

14th 2014/15

16th 2015/16

19th 2016/17 (on 25 Jan 2017)

Obviously all Newcastle fans welcomed Rafa Benitez with open arms but after he had approached the club, it was surely a no-brainer even for Mike Ashley to employ him.

Particularly when Rafa was prepared to stay on after Ashley managed to get the club relegated for the second time in seven years. The owner so desperate to protect his asset that he was then forced to hand over transfer control to the Manager, though sadly we are still a long way away from seeing any ‘stability, reason and good people with good intentions’, apart from Rafa Benitez and his immediate staff, plus hopefully most of the playing staff.

Stan Collymore via his personal blog:

‘On Tuesday 24th January I met with Nottingham Forest Owner Fawaz Al Hasawi in London

3 years ago on radio, I discussed the direction of travel at a club I proudly played for 20 years ago and, like those who pay their money and have supported Forest over many years, I became concerned.

Many know of my distain generally for the new breed of owner in English football, so I watched, and watched, and wrote several ideas, visited 15 clubs in the last 3 years to find which clubs did it right and which wrong.

I wanted to meet him as I want to help the club move forward. Knowing the full details of the proposed JJM deal to buy the club and the perception of Fawaz from many Forest fans (mostly negative), I was keen to look him in the eye, figure him out and offer help to the club, whoever leads it forward.

That for me would mean a role at the club where I can prove what I can do.

But it is my belief, elaborated in the meeting, that to achieve this aim, a good owner needs to know his place rather than despite goodwill and intentions, becoming a dictatorial figure.

I told Fawaz of the role I would like to have, a Sporting Director who oversees player liaison, Academy needs, building a scouting network and working with a Director of Football to facilitate the needs of the Head Coach and first team.

He asked me to put this in writing to define the role.

In the coming days I’ll put the detailed plan, with names, some of whom are ready and waiting, exciting names who Forest fans would be comfortable, proud and confident with leading their club, forward to the owner.

I told Fawaz finally that, to many, the bridges are destroyed but I pointed to Mike Ashley as proof that even at the 11th hour, stability, reason and good people with good intentions can win the day.

I hope Fawaz listened, I believe he did, but it’s late in the day, action will speak louder than words.’

Guessing Nottingham Forest fans will be about as excited at the prospect of Stan Collymore employed in a key role at the club, as they would be at the prospect of another five years of Fawaz Al Hasawi owning Forest.


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