#sports activities Evangelos Marinakis spent more than £150M… now he wants to see his ambition translate into success
He has spent an estimated £150million on revamping Nottingham Forest’s first group this summer time however Evangelos Marinakis continues to be spending on his soccer empire.
When James Rodriguez signed for Olympiacos this week, he was their 14th signing of the summer time and there are more to come. Sound acquainted? That’s as a result of media mogul and ship proprietor Marinakis owns Olympiacos and Forest who made 22 additions of their very own within the final window.
Worth an estimated £2.6billion, Marinakis was true to his phrase when he vowed to give Forest boss Steve Cooper ‘all of the ammunition he wants’ on securing promotion in May.
Evangelos Marinakis (left) owns each Nottingham Forest and Greek champions Olympiacos
The spending frenzy broke data and grabbed headlines but it surely additionally drew envious criticism from some quarters of Olympiacos’s partisan assist, who questioned whether or not Marinakis was exhibiting favouritism to his Premier League undertaking.
Now, nonetheless, he has delivered former Real Madrid stars Marcelo and James to them in a bid to retain the Greek League title, which they’ve received ten occasions since he took over in 2010.
Stood alongside Marinakis and sporting director Christian Karembeu, former Everton star James was launched to Olympiacos’s vociferous crowd final evening.
He mentioned: ‘I like to dwell the heat of the world in a scorching stadium. I would like to promise that I got here right here to give my finest. I would like to win titles, rating objectives, give assists, current good soccer, which is what I like and what I really like.
Former Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez was Olympiacos’ 14th signing of the summer time
Marinakis continues to be planning on signing more gamers as Forest push to keep within the Premier League
‘I’m very comfortable to be right here. My first impressions are the very best of this stunning nation. I’m comfortable to be in such a stadium, I do know the followers are very passionate.’
Marinakis has additionally added striker Cedric Bakambu from Marseille, midfielder Diadie Samassekou on mortgage from Hoffenheim and is closing on settlement with former Fulham and Forest midfielder Pajtim Kasami.
So what’s the attraction? Is it simply in regards to the cash?
‘Believe it or not, no,’ one notable agent instructed Sportsmail. ‘They pay a aggressive wage however what comes by is the ambition and Marinakis is tremendous passionate.
‘He and his entourage are superb at promoting the golf equipment to you; the place they need to go; what the quick and long-term objectives are. Look at who they’ve purchased, there may be a wide range of profiles, characters to swimsuit each fashions.
Marinakis has additionally added striker Cedric Bakambu (above) to the Greek facet from Marseille
Jesse Lingard mentioned the ambition Marinakis had for the membership drew him to Nottingham Forest
‘Steve Cooper wants younger, hungry gamers not mercenaries. Marinakis makes it clear to the gamers in his gross sales pitch, ”you aren’t coming right here simply to assist Forest survive you’re right here to make them aggressive”. At Olympiacos the demand is to stick with it profitable, it is easy, they can not come second there. You cannot query their ambition they’ve gone all out.’
Jesse Lingard mentioned that was the important thing issue that drew him to Forest. The truth he was attracted by Forest in any respect initially raised eyebrows. Cynics urged it should be his incentivised contract, however Forest proved their intent by including more promising names.
‘It is ambition,’ mentioned one membership insider. ‘If you have a look at what the proprietor has completed at Olympiacos and all of his companies they’ve been profitable. Jesse was actually impressed by the ambition to compete within the Premier League and never simply participate.’
Forest have signed the equal of two beginning elevens for this season. The operating joke is that ‘there have been so many initiation songs that they’ve had more acts than Glastonbury this yr’. Midfielder Lewis O’Brien being the star flip by all accounts with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’.
Forest are already being linked with Brazil’s attacking midfielder Gustavo Scarpa of Palmeiras
Team meals are a pre-requisite, bonding journeys out are important. The squad have been having fun with outings to Trent Bridge for the cricket and Motorpoint Arena for the boxing. Of course, in the event you do not settle there may be all the time the prospect one other signing may take your home come January.
Forest are already being linked with Brazil’s attacking midfielder Gustavo Scarpa of Palmeiras however phrase from inside is he could also be taking a detour to Olympiacos first.
The Greek champions play Alan Pardew’s Aris on Sunday and, with massive names akin to Marcelo and James on the sidelines, the strain is already on Olympiacos coach Carlos Corberan, previously of Huddersfield Town, to make up the bottom on league leaders Panathinaikos.
After simply 4 video games, that may be the price of ambition.