FOR­EST SHOCK AS TAKEOVER TALKS COL­LAPSE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Tom Black­ett

IT WAS Fri­day the 13th – and it proved un­lucky for Not­ting­ham For­est fans hop­ing for good news about a takeover at their club.

For­est chair­man and owner Fawaz Al Ha­sawi re­vealed that a pro­posed takeover by a United States-based con­sor­tium led by John Jay Moores had col­lapsed.

The Cham­pi­onship club had been in talks with the for­mer owner of San Diego Padres, but their fu­ture is now in limbo.

“It is with great re­gret and dis­ap­point­ment that the club an­nounces to­day that, de­spite much spec­u­la­tion in the media, all ne­go­ti­a­tions in re­gard to a par­tial sale of the club to US own­ers have come to an end,” said Al Ha­sawi.

“We feel strongly that we have acted in good faith on be­half of the club and its fans and that such a deal as it stands is not in the in­ter­ests of the longterm fu­ture of our club.

“Thank you for your con­tin­ued sup­port at this dif­fi­cult time for the club.”

For­mer For­est star Jer­maine Je­nas gave his re­ac­tion to the news on BBC Ra­dio 5 live.

“The fan­base will be dev­as­tated. I am a For­est fan and am dis­ap­pointed by it too. I know they were look­ing for­ward to that takeover.”

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