Stuart Pearce says he feels “extremely fortunate” to have been offered the chance to take the manager’s job at The City Ground.Pearce will take his seat in the manager’s office from 1 July and the former Manchester City and England Under 21s boss says he jumped at the opportunity to lead the club he spent 12 years with as a player.
Speaking to Forest Player, Pearce said: “I’m very excited because this is a football club that means a lot to me. I always felt when I left many years ago it would be nice to come back some day as manager. Few people are fortunate enough to represent football clubs as both a player and as a manager.
“As a player I was supported unbelievably so to come back and serve as manager is something that excites me greatly. It is a great club with a magnificent tradition but I am only concentrating on taking it forwards from this moment.
“I hope the fans are happy I’m here and leading their football club. The important thing is they get behind the players and help drive us on to reach where we want to be.”
Pearce needed no introduction to the club where he made his name but reserved special praise for Fawaz Al Hasawi, citing the chairman and owner as an important factor in his decision to take the job.
He said: “The chairman has been outstanding. He has a passion to take this football club forward and a passion to support me. He didn’t have to sell the club to me, obviously, but he sold his vision and his ideas to me straightaway.
“It’s important we work together very closely and have an unbreakable bond that revolves around this football club. For now though I will keep my distance and allow Gary Brazil and Jimmy Gilligan to work with the team. My fingers are crossed they can get the best results possible.”
Click here to see Stuart Pearce’s first interview on Forest Player.