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Stuart Pearce has no issues with his board and is looking for them to bring further additions into Nottingham Forest.

Last Updated: 11/08/14 at 12:13 Post Comment

Stuart Pearce: Feels further strengthening is required at the City Ground

Stuart Pearce: Feels further strengthening is required at the City Ground

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A breakdown in communication between manager and owner last week led to Pearce expressing his disappointment at the sanctioning of a double deal that has taken Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles to Newcastle United – albeit with the pair returning on season-long loans.

Owner Fawaz Al Hasawi came in for criticism in the aftermath of that announcement, but harmony has been restored to the ranks in the wake of 2-0 victory over Blackpool on the opening weekend of the 2014/15 campaign.

Pearce insists everyone at the City Ground is now pulling in the same direction, with any differences ironed out as focus is shifted back to the pursuit of fresh faces.

He said in the Nottingham Evening Post: “I saw him (Al Hasawi) before the game and we had a little kiss and a cuddle, so that was fine.

“I also aim to grab him again now because there are one or two things that we need to chat about, in terms of player signings going forward.

“But there is nothing contentious. I must say he looks very trim. He has had a good pre-season.”

Pearce was able to wrap up deals for Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio ahead of a home date with Blackpool, but feels further strength in depth is required if Forest are to mount a serious challenge for promotion back to the Premier League.

He added: “I don’t know if there will be more business this week. But I will speak with our chief scout, because I know the areas we need to strengthen. Between now and the window shutting, we still need to strengthen.

“I would not say anything is close at this moment in time, but we do need to improve the squad. That is for sure. I am very pleased with the business we did on Wednesday.

“We have had backing from the chairman when it comes to the bids we have put in and the players we have brought through the door.

“Am I reasonably content at this point? Yes I am. Do we need to have a better squad to go forward and challenge over the months? I think we do.”

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