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Nottingham Forest chairman admits City Ground exit could happen due to council

Nottingham Forest are considering leaving the City Ground.

Forest chairman Mark Cartledge says they could be forced to move due to a row with the local council over rent.

The City Ground is on land leased from the city council and there is only 33 years left on the current deal.

Talks over an extension have stalled as the council wants the current £250,000 rent is increased to around £1m.

Cartledge told BBC Sport: "We find ourselves in a position where for the first time we're having to consider whether the future is going to be away from the City Ground.

"In the future, football clubs' wage bills are going to be very heavily linked to revenue.

"If we can't grow the revenue, there is a realistic chance we cannot achieve our objectives and grow the playing side and give the manager the resources he needs.

"Unless we start to see some significant progress, it is now having to be a realistic discussion point as to look elsewhere.

"I'm frustrated, the owner is frustrated, because what he wants to do is give back to what he promised the people of Forest which is growth on and off the field and not to be able to do that is tough."

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