In what are turbulent times at the City Ground, the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust are a beacon of hope for Forest fans but, according to the Trust, they have no relationship with the club’s Kuwaiti owner.
It’s been a tough few weeks for Nottingham Forest, with the sacking of Phillippe Montanier followed by a collapse in the take-over by a US consortium led by John Jay Moores you couldn’t blame fans for their protests.
And then Nigel Clough, a club icon in his own right, rejected the chance to manage the team he watched as a boy, the team his father Brian Clough took to the very top of European club-football.
But a dedicated group of fans is working to bring back glory to the City Ground.
“There’s very little information that comes out from him directly”
It has been gaining more support each week as fans rally in opposition of owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi.
In their mission statement, they aim to safeguard the long term future of Nottingham Forest, as well as creating positive relationships with the football club and the community.
They are also calling for fan representation on the board, as well as the opportunity to purchase shares in the club.
Communications Officer Elliott Stanley said that the relationship with Fawaz is “almost non-existent, as is his relationship with a lot of people.
“There’s very little information that comes from him directly to us or via the media.
“Our stance is that we need more tangible information from him around what his long-term plan for the football club is, but all we’re really seeing is short-term reactive decision-making,” he said.
“We’d really like the opportunity to shape this decision-making,” he added.
In terms of the future, Mr Stanley said they want to “build a large, active member base”, which is already over 600 people after just three months.
The Trust would also like to ‘form a dialogue with the club, whatever the structure of it is at that time”.
For more information and how to join the Nottingham Forest Supporters’ Trust, visit www.nffctrust.org