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Nottingham Forest players should heed warning of Evangelos Marinakis’ fury

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Nottingham Forest players should heed warning of Evangelos Marinakis’ fury

Nottingham Forest’s owner also owns Olympiakos and is furious at their recent form.

Nottingham Forest fans are already aware that in owner Evangelos Marinakis they have quite a character. The Greek shipping magnate has a, let’s say, intriguing past in his homeland and for many his takeover was met with trepidation. That said, most Forest fans were just happy to see the back of Fawaz Al Hasawi’s reign of mediocrity.

Whilst many of the tales of Marinakis’ past are likely to be hyperbole his most recent news-grabbing actions in Greece should certainly have the Forest players on alert.

Olympiakos football club President and owner, Evangelos Marinakis (C-L) attends the football game between Athens arch-rivals Olympiakos and Panathinaikos on February 22, 2015in Athens. The Greek government suspended all matches in the country’s football Super League following violence between rival supporters. “The violence in sport in recent years is unacceptable and it is inconceivable to tolerate,” Deputy Sports Minister Stavros Kontonis said after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras that ordered the suspension. Serious crowd unrest erupted on Sunday at a game between Athens arch-rivals Olympiakos, the Super League leaders, and Panathinaikos. Officials from the two clubs clashed at a meeting of the Super League intended to bring the two sides together. AFP PHOTO / IN TIME / GIORGOS MATTHEOS (Photo credit should read GIORGOS MATTHEOS/AFP/Getty Images)

As reported by the BBC the Forest owner has severely punished the players at his other club, Olympiakos.

A 1-1 draw with Levadiakos at the weekend left the perennial Greek champions in third place behind both AEK Athens and PAOK Salonika. Olympiakos have won just three of their last eight games and it seems their seven-year stranglehold on the Greek title is coming to an end.

Marinakis has taken great offence to the players’ woeful recent performances. The squad have been fined £350,000 and ordered on holiday. The BBC report suggests most of the first-team squad will not play again this season, with under-20 players to feature instead.

Nottingham Forest players better shape up then. Whilst there has undoubtedly been some leeway and improvement under Aitor Karanka since taking over, any leniency could dissipate over the summer.

Olympiacos’ Colombian midfielder Felipe Pardo reacts during the UEFA Champions League group D football match Olympiacos FC versus Juventus on December 5, 2017 at Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus, near Athens. / AFP PHOTO / ARIS MESSINIS (Photo credit should read ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images)

With a pre-season to get in order for a Championship promotion fight, Marinakis may not be so forgiving of poor performances like the one v Millwall on Good Friday.

Forest players should certainly beware of looking disinterested or not putting in their best. Because it seems the boss upstairs is not averse to punishing his players when he does not feel the coach is to blame.

If ever there was an incentive to put in a little extra v Middlesbrough at the weekend, this might be it.

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