Steve Wigley and Brian Eastick have agreed in principle to join Nottingham Forest’s first-team coaching staff.Subject to contractual formalities, the pair will be reunited with new manager Stuart Pearce, who they both worked with at England Under 21 level, when he takes over as manager on 1 July.
The City Ground is familiar territory to Wigley who, after being signed by Brian Clough in 1981, made 82 league appearances for Forest and later worked as an academy and first-team coach on Trentside. He has most recently worked as head of coaching and Under 18s manager at Fulham’s academy and, prior to his departure from Craven Cottage earlier this month, he guided the London side to the final of this season’s FA Youth Cup.
Wigley also has considerable experience of working with senior players in both a coaching and managerial capacity. He has had spells at Southampton, Bolton, Hull, Bristol City and Manchester City, where he was reacquainted with Pearce before agreeing to assist him with his England Under 21s duties.
Pearce also called upon the services of Eastick before taking him to London 2012 as part of his Team GB set-up. A man with over 30 years’ coaching experience, Eastick’s career has seen him work under Forest’s European Cup goalscoring hero, Trevor Francis, in Birmingham’s academy, and also as academy director and head coach at Newcastle under the late Sir Bobby Robson.