Nottingham Forest assistant manager Steve Wigley has spoken of his happiness at returning to a city he holds ‘close to his heart’.Wigley, who was recently appointed by new Reds manager Stuart Pearce after leaving his job as Fulham academy’s head of coaching, spent four-and-a-half years as a player on Trentside and was later brought to the club as a coach by former academy director Paul Hart.
And, as he embarks on his latest chapter at The City Ground, Wigley says fond memories of his earlier spells at Forest played a part in convincing him to return.
He told Forest Player: “Nottingham is a city I hold close to my heart. Forest were my first club as a player and my first as a coach, I know a lot of people in the city and I’m really excited about the challenge.
“The reason for me coming here was ultimately Stuart, and a club that I think a lot of. I was very happy with my job at Fulham – I probably had the best crop of kids in the country – but if I was going to come back into working at first-team level again it was always going to be with Stuart.”
Wigley’s experience of working with youngsters is unrivalled and he is excited by the prospect of further integrating the club’s academy and first-team set-ups.
He said: “I have probably worked with more young players than anybody over the last 20 years. If you’re good enough you should be in the team.
"Our challenge is to improve the players that are here and to ensure the academy produces players to help this club moving forward.”
Click here to watch the full interview on Forest Player.