Stuart Pearce hopes Nottingham Forest’s supporters will leave the opening-day match against Blackpool “excited for the future”.The new manager takes charge of his first league match tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) and told Forest Player he hopes to repay the support Reds fans have already shown this season with a positive performance.
Pearce said: “There will be very few managers outside the Premier League who will be able to step out to a full house on the first day of the season.
“Our fans are coming to sell the stadium out and that tells me there’s an excitement and expectation among the crowd.
“We need to enhance that and deliver a product that makes everyone go away from the ground excited about the future of this football club.”
Another busy pre-season is almost at an end but Pearce hopes Forest’s transfer activity isn’t over yet.
He said: “Pre-season has been a good learning curve for me and we’ve done good business with regards to shaping the squad the way we want it.
“I think we’re still one, maybe two, positions away from what we need but some of the injured players coming back have given us a big lift.
“I’d rather do permanent signings but we’ll look into the loan market. The Premier League clubs will know who they don’t need when they get closer to the season and, if there is anyone we can bring in to improve the squad, we’ll do that.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player, in which Pearce provides an insight into his pre-match routine and weighs-up the strengths of The Reds’ new-look strike force.