Nottingham Forest director of recruitment and scouting Keith Burt has hailed the influence of the Al-Hasawi family on the club.
Boss Sean O'Driscoll added 11 new players to the club in the summer and Forest are a point off the top of the table after four games. Burt revealed the players were of interest to the club for a number of years, but the new owners gave them the means to go out and make the purchases.
"The players that we brought in weren't just picked out at random, we'd been scouting them for years," he told the club's official website.
"We tried to sign Simon Cox when I worked with Colin Calderwood. The Al-Hasawi family put their hands in their pockets and bought him because he was the one we wanted.
"Billy Sharp had been mooted at this club for two or three years and the family made it happen for us. Although we had to make 11 signings, we had good knowledge of the players we were going to sign."