The Valley

Next Game

Charlton v N Forest

Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 19:45

Sky Bet Ch'ship

The Madejski Stadium

Last Game

Reading 0 - 3 N Forest

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Pearce: I jumped at chance

Stuart Pearce insists he 'jumped at the chance' of managing Nottingham Forest following an approach by chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi.

Last Updated: 03/04/14 at 16:07 Post Comment

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The former England U21 boss initially rejected the opportunity to replace Billy Davies at the City Ground due to family reasons and media commitments at this summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

But after a further approach from Al-Hasawi, who outlined his intention to 'wait for the right man', Pearce had no hesitation in accepting the post from July 1.

"I wouldn't call it a u-turn. We had discussions last week and I was very impressed with the owner," said Pearce, who made 532 appearances for the club between 1985-1997, the last six months as a caretaker manager.

"At the time I suggested I had so much on from a personal nature and commercial aspects leading into the summer and including the World Cup as well. It probably wasn't the right time.

"Fawaz came back to me and said: 'look, would you be willing to take the job in the summer?' and I jumped at the opportunity.

"It was a difficult decision to turn round last week and put my personal reasons forward. But everything seems right. It gives me the opportunity to pre-plan for the summer and I've just signed a contract that starts in the first of July."

Pearce insists he has no worries over any interference from Al-Hasawi, and he welcomes everyone at Forest getting involved in taking the club towards the Premier League.

"The one thing that I was very impressed with, the chairman wants to take an interest in the football club and that really impresses me," he said.

"I want the whole club to be as one, and I think that has to start with the man who owns the football club and goes right down to every employee. They have to take an interest in this club.

"And in my time and the time before I was at this club the strength of Nottingham Forest was the togetherness of everybody at the club."

And Al-Hasawi insists Pearce will have a free reign in team selection and player recruitment after reports his 'hands-on approach' had scared off a number of potential candidates for the post.

Speaking to Sky Sports News he said: "I am going to keep away now.

"It was the manager who didn't take the job that mentioned this and I don't blame him because I was waiting to pick the right manager.

"And Stuart Pearce is the right manager for Nottingham Forest."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

Mark Hughes angered by officials in Stoke win over Hull

Mark Hughes was pleased with Stoke's 1-0 win over Hull but angered after the officials missed a challenge on Stephen Ireland.

Sean Dyche downbeat after Burnley lose to Swansea defeat at Turf Moor

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side must start turning performances into wins after losing 1-0 to Swansea at Turf Moor.

Jonas Gutierrez wants top-10 finish for Newcastle after return

Jonas Gutierrez has targeted a top-10 finish with Newcastle after returning to the squad for the win against Aston Villa.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company