Nottingham Forest scotch rumours of Alex McLeish’s ‘resignation’
• Manager takes training as normal despite rumours of departure
• Club plays down disagreement over transfer window deal
Rumours that the Nottingham Forest manager Alex McLeish has resigned over a lack of transfer window activity have been scotched by the club.
Forest said McLeish is still in charge, despite speculation about his departure and it is understood he took training as normal on Friday morning.
The speculation arose on Thursday when Forest's transfer window move for Peterborough's George Boyd fell through at 9pm, ostensibly over an eye problem detected in a medical. McLeish was understood to have wanted to go ahead with the deal regardless but was over-ridden by the club's owner and chairman, Fawaz Al-Hasawi.
However, in a statement posted on Forest's website, McLeish said: "Fawaz is a strong individual, he is the owner and isn't a successful businessman for no reason. Sometimes he will say no to my requests and suggestions and sometimes I will say no to his because I am a strong manager. If that's the level of the alleged 'bust-up', then I guess we'll be reading about more managers having them with their owners this week."
Al Hasawi later said the pair's relationship was as good as ever, saying: "Alex and I talk every day, at least twice a day. We have a very good working relationship and it troubles me greatly that people think otherwise.
"I have been involved in football for 15 years and have never interfered when it comes to the players a manager wants to sign. I didn't do that in Kuwait and I haven't done it since we purchased Nottingham Forest last summer.
"Yes, I have recommended players to managers but the final decision rests with them, not me. We have signed 18 players for Forest this season and all of them were either chosen by Alex McLeish or Sean O'Driscoll.
"All I want to see is Nottingham Forest back in the Premier League and, if that means I have to sign another 18 players that Alex wants, then I will do it."
After missing out on new additions yesterday, McLeish and Al Hasawi met at the club's training ground today to discuss possible targets in the emergency loan window, which reopens next week.
"Alex and I have spoken at length today and he has already outlined to me the kind of players he would like to bring in on emergency loan," he added. "Whatever players he asks for I will try my hardest to bring to Nottingham Forest.
"I've heard it suggested that my family don't have the money to fund what we are trying to achieve at Forest or that we don't have any idea what we are doing.
"That upsets me because all I want is to make this great club successful. But the last word on transfers will always be with the manager."
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