By Daniel Shane
English side's manager Steve Cotterill dismissed following meeting with new Gulf owners
Nottingham Forest, the English football side which was this week taken over by Kuwait's Al-Hasawi family, has fired club manager Steve Cotterill with immediate effect.
In a statement released by the club's new owners today, the Al-Hasawis said they had "decided to make a new appointment in a bid to deliver their long-term vision".
Cotterill, who took over as boss of the Championship side from former England manager Steve Mclaren in October, was relieved of his duties after meeting with representatives from the family on Wednesday.
Nottingham Forest confirmed on Tuesday that the Al-Hasawi family had completed the takeover of the two-time European Cup winners.
Fawaz, Abdulaziz and Omar Al-Hasawi agreed to acquire the controlling stake from Nigel Doughty, who died in February four months after putting the club up for sale. The club did not disclose financial details of the sale.
“It is an honour and privilege for the Al-Hasawi family to assume control of this great club steeped in history and with the outstanding legacy left by its previous owner Nigel Doughty,” the Al-Hasawis said in a statement.
“We know there are challenging times ahead of us to bring the club back to its glory days and we look forward with excitement towards a new, successful future.”
The family, who made its fortune in the refrigeration and air-conditioning business, added that fans can “be assured of our best efforts in bringing the Reds back to the top of the table”.
The club, which won the European Cup in 1979 and 1980, dropped out of the Premier League in 1999. It finished 19th in the 24-team Championship last campaign.
The Al-Hasawis plan to hold a news conference announcing their long-term strategy for the team on Saturday.