Nottingham Forest fans should be ‘encouraged’ by progress on and off the pitch, says Mark Warburton


Nottingham Forest fans should take “a lot of encouragement” from the progress the club is making on and off the pitch, according to boss Mark Warburton.

Since he bought the club in May, Evangelos Marinakis has set about putting a structure in place behind the scenes at the City Ground – something which was lacking under previous owner Fawaz Al Hasawi.

Meanwhile, Warburton guided the Reds to safety at the back end of last season and now has them four points off the play-off places going into their final match before the latest international break.

Saturday’s opponents QPR are facing a hefty fine after failing with a challenge to the English Football League’s Financial Fair Play rules, having posted a loss of almost £10m in the 2013/14 campaign, when they won promotion to the Premier League.

Forest have fallen foul of FFP themselves in the past, under Al Hasawi’s reign, and had a transfer embargo imposed as a result.

But Warburton is pleased they are now on much steadier footing.

Asked for his thoughts on FFP and QPR’s troubles, he said: “I’m not going to get involved in that. I’ll leave that to the clever boffins upstairs.

“I’m just a football manager, I let them sort that one out.

“From my point of view, it’s just the rules of the game. It’s whatever it may be.

“We just focus on Forest here.

“If you’re talking about FFP, I think the owners have come in and done a fantastic job in what they have to do within the guidelines.

“The club’s on a firm foundation now and that must be the most important thing to the fans – that the club’s now on firm footing.

“It’s got good leadership. It’s being taken forward on and off the pitch, we hope they’re seeing improvements, and that should give the fans a lot of encouragement.”



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