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Championship: Nottingham Forest confirm appointment of former player Stuart Pearce from July 1st

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Former Nottingham Forest player Stuart Pearce has been confirmed as their new manager, despite turning down the club's initial approach.

Pearce spent over a decade as a player for Forest after joining from Coventry in 1985, even having a spell as caretaker manager before leaving in 1997.

Pearce had spells at Newcastle West Ham and finally Manchester City, where he moved in to a coaching role and took over as manager from 2005-07. He then spent seven years as the England U21s manager, through which he coached the 2012 Olympic team.

Pearce cited family reasons for why he turned down the job first time round, but now that he is taking over in the summer rather than immediately, an agreement has been reached.

Speaking in a press conference today, he said; "I had so much on of a personal nature that it wasn't the right time, but when they asked if I would take it from the summer, I jumped at the chance. Everything seems right."

"It was probably more of a pull than any club in the country," Pearce said. "The pride and the passion of what I do comes before any financial gain."

"The honour of coming back into this club is massive but what I have done here as a player is irrelevant."

Forest chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi owner said: "I am really happy to have Stuart as boss. He is a very good manager, he has a good CV and I wish him all the best with us. I am really happy as chairman and owner and for the fans because they like him."

"We are looking forward to him starting in the summer. I was waiting to pick the right manager, and Stuart is the right manager."

Forest have spent most of season in the play-off places, but their dip in form which saw Billy Davies sacked has left them in seventh place, to points from the play-offs, with seven games remaining of the season.

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