With the identity of the prospective new owner of Leeds United still shrouded in secrecy, Big Al Hasawi has announced that he is now the proud owner of Nottingham Forest. A member of one of Kuwait’s richest families, Big Al resigned as president of Kuwaiti club Qadsiya earlier this year and was originally linked with Leeds, but having weighed up the two clubs, has opted for Forest instead.
Brian Clough must be laughing in his grave whilst the flat capped whippet owners must be wondering what the hell is going on when an Arab considers Forest the better bet over the mighty Leeds United. When I blogged last week that the Forest take over would happen ahead of the Leeds deal, foul mouthed Yorshire louts hurled abuse and told me that I didn't know what I was talking about; it seems I did.
What now for Warnock? Big Al wants him and he may decide to go where he is loved rather than risk being a whipping boy for new owners at Leeds - or being stuck with Master Bates. Crucially, Forest now have the run on Leeds when it comes to attracting new players. At this precise moment, which club would look the better bet to you? Forest won 7-3 at Elland Road before the take over!
This morning a storm cloud has settled over Elland Road whilst the City Ground is bathed in Kuwaiti sunshine. In Forest it is all Kuwait, in Leeds is it You Wait and Wait and Wait!