Glovers snap up defender Gordon

Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has outlined

ambitious plans to take the club back into Europe.

The Reds have re-joined the Championship promotion race since

reappointing Billy Davies and are dreaming of returning to the

Premier League ranks.

The Al Hasawis made no secret upon the completion of their

takeover at the City Ground last summer that they intended to bring

the glory days back to the banks of the Trent.

That remains the target, with the club looking to make rapid

progress in the next few years.

Al Hasawi told Sky Sports News HD: “When we go to the Premier

League, we would like to stay in the Premier League. We don’t want

to go to the Premier League and the next year we go back to the


“We will try to stay in the Premier League, so when we go there

we have to have a plan about how to stay in the Premier League.

Maybe it will happen, but how are we going to stay there? That is

what we are thinking about.”

Forest’s owners also feel that, with the right management and

the right additions, the club could compete on a UEFA Champions

League stage in the not too distant future.

Al Hasawi added: “Of course. Maybe not the first year, but we

have that ambition. We want to take Forest to the European

Championship, where they were before. Maybe we will have a third


“You never know, this is football. Maybe it will happen, but not

this year or the next. The plan might be five or six years from

now. Why not?”

The 22-year-old left-back watched the goalless draw with

Hartlepool from the stands before he signed an initial one-month

deal at Huish Park on Monday.

Gordon, who can also play in midfield, came through the Leeds

academy before joining the Blues in 2007. He spent loan spells with

Tranmere, Kilmarnock, Scunthorpe, Peterborough and then Birmingham

before departing Stamford Bridge.

He is set to be available for the Glovers’ clash with Crawley on

Tuesday night.