Ex-Everton CEO Predicts Nottingham Forest’s Points Deduction to Stand Firm

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Penalty Persists Despite Appeal

Former Everton chief Keith Wyness has voiced his opinion that Nottingham Forest’s four-point deduction in the Premier League is unlikely to be overturned. Wyness, who has extensive experience as a CEO at Goodison Park and currently offers his expertise to top-tier clubs through his consultancy, shared his insights on the Inside Track podcast, indicating a bleak outlook for Forest’s appeal.

Breach of Financial Fair Play Rules

Nottingham Forest fell afoul of the Premier League’s Profitability and Sustainability Rules, leading to the imposition of a four-point penalty. The club’s management has challenged the decision, but Wyness suggests that their efforts may be in vain. The appeal process at the City Ground, according to him, doesn’t hold much promise for a different outcome.

Relegation Battle Heats Up

The current standings see Nuno Espirito Santo’s team just above the drop zone, holding the 17th spot on the league table. This deduction has placed them precariously a single point ahead of the relegation zone, intensifying their fight to stay up.

Everton’s Own Financial Struggles

Everton, Nottingham Forest’s relegation rivals, have also been penalized this season for similar financial breaches. Initially docked 10 points, their penalty was later reduced to six points following an appeal. They are now contesting a subsequent two-point deduction, hoping for further leniency.

The Legal Battle Continues

Wyness expressed skepticism about the strength of Nottingham Forest’s arguments to reverse the decision. He predicts a “stalemate” with the points deduction holding steady. The former CEO also highlighted the growing trend of legal disputes in football, pointing to an emerging “cottage industry” of lawyers specializing in appeals, which, he believes, will gain more influence in challenging future commission decisions.

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