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Al Hasawi family looking to restore club to the Premier League and admit they hope to make an appointment to replace the sacked Steve Cotterill within a week

The owners of Nottingham Forest have stated they have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle about becoming the club's new manager, but hope to make an appointment within the next week.

Reports suggested the former England boss was the top candidate to replace Steve Cotterill after he was sacked by the Kuwait-based Al Hasawi family just 48 hours after their takeover.

However, the family have confirmed they have not spoken to Hoddle and are looking for a quality manager to fill the vacant post at the City Ground within the next week.

Abdulaziz Al Hasawi told reporters: "We have not spoken to Glenn Hoddle.

"Steve Cotterill was a good steward for Forest during difficult times, but we felt we needed a fresh start.

"We are in discussions with four or five well-known figures in the football world, who have a perfect understanding of this league, and hopefully in a week all matters should be finalised and it will be revealed.

"We are looking for the best in the business. We will start meeting people within a day. We have to secure this within the next three or four days because we have to get started."

The Al Hasawi family took control of Forest on Tuesday after buying the controlling stake of the late Nigel Doughty's share of the club.

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They have now outlined a plan to restore Forest to the Premier League, but have conceded they know success may not come quickly.

He added: "We have a three to five-year plan to get the club back where it should be. It will require hard work and sacrifice but that is our ambition.

"It is not about money, it is about ambition. Football is in our blood.

"We are in a different league but we have hopes that someday we will be playing Manchester City and Manchester United."

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