Stuart Pearce

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Stuart Pearce
Stuart Pearce.jpg
Pearce in 2006
Personal information
Full name Stuart Pearce[1]
Date of birth (1962-04-24) 24 April 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Hammersmith, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Wealdstone 176 (10)
1983–1985 Coventry City 52 (4)
1985–1997 Nottingham Forest 401 (63)
1997–1999 Newcastle United 37 (0)
1999–2001 West Ham United 42 (2)
2001–2002 Manchester City 38 (3)
Total 746 (82)
National team
1986 England U21 (0)
1987–1999[2] England 78 (5)
Teams managed
1996–1997 Nottingham Forest (caretaker)
2001–2005 Manchester City (coach)
2005–2007 Manchester City
2007–2013 England U21
2008–2012 England (assistant)
2011–2012 Great Britain Olympic
2012 England (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Stuart Pearce MBE (born 24 April 1962) is an English football manager and former player. He has been appointed as the manager of Nottingham Forest from 1 July 2014 onwards. Pearce was the manager of the England national under-21 team from 2007 to 2013 and also managed the Great Britain Olympic football team at the 2012 Olympics.[3]

As a player, Pearce appeared for Wealdstone, Coventry City, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Manchester City, but is best known for his spell at Nottingham Forest, where he regularly captained the team and became the club's most capped International, making 76 of his 78 appearances for England while with the club and captaining the side on 9 occasions. He retired as a player in 2002 while at Manchester City. He remained with the club as a coach under Kevin Keegan's managership until being promoted to the manager's job, which he held from 2005 to 2007.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Born in Shepherds Bush, London, Pearce first attended Fryent Primary School in Kingsbury, North West London before attending Claremont High School in Kenton. He failed a trial at Queens Park Rangers and then rejected an offer from Hull City, instead settling into a career in the non-league game with his local side, Wealdstone, while training and working as an electrician and plumber. For almost five years, he was the first choice full back for the team, then amongst the biggest names of non-league football in the Alliance Premier League.

Coventry City[edit]

In 1983 Wealdstone received an unexpected offer of £30,000 (then a huge sum for a semi-professional player) for Pearce from then top-flight club Coventry City. Sky Blues manager Bobby Gould had been to watch Wealdstone, and was impressed by Pearce's determination and combative attitude. Pearce agreed to the step up in clubs reluctantly – making his professional debut for Coventry immediately. He established himself as an uncompromising left back who played hard but fair.

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Two years later he was brought to Nottingham Forest by manager Brian Clough as the makeweight in a £300,000 deal which also saw Coventry's centre back Ian Butterworth move to Forest. Indeed, so unsure was Pearce of his footballing future that, after the transfer, he actually advertised his services as an electrician in Forest's match-day programme.

Pearce spent 12 years at Forest, most of it as club captain. During his playing career he won two League Cups and the Full Members Cup, while also scoring from a free kick in the 1991 FA Cup final, when Forest were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur. In his time at the City Ground, Pearce was one of the Forest players who had to cope with the horrors of the Hillsborough disaster during the opening minutes of their FA Cup semi-final against Liverpool. Pearce played in the rescheduled game at Old Trafford, which Liverpool won 3–1. He helped them finish third in the league that year (as they had done a year earlier), and also contributed to their victories in the Football League Cup and Full Members Cup. He helped them retain the Football League Cup a year later and in 1991 he had his first crack at the FA Cup, and despite giving Forest an early lead against Tottenham Hotspur in a game most remembered for the knee injury suffered by Pearce's opponent Paul Gascoigne, Pearce ended up on the losing side as Spurs came back to win 2–1. He was on the losing side at Wembley again the following year when Forest lost 1–0 to Manchester United in the Football League Cup final.[4]

Despite their relegation from the top flight in 1993, Pearce decided to stay, helping Forest to gain promotion the following season, including scoring a header to secure promotion, under new manager Frank Clark following the retirement of Brian Clough after 18 years at the helm. He helped Forest finish third in the Premier League in the season following promotion and reach the UEFA Cup quarter-finals a year later.

He was appointed caretaker player-manager of Forest in December 1996, after Clark resigned with Forest bottom of the Premier League. His first game was at home to Arsenal. He admitted in an interview with Match of the Day, that in his first attempt at picking a starting eleven, he did not realise until it was pointed out to him by his wife that he had omitted goalkeeper Mark Crossley. However Forest won the game 2–1, coming from behind after an Ian Wright goal with 2 goals from Alf-Inge Håland.[5] Despite winning manager of the month in January 1997, the club were relegated from the Premier League. He had relinquished managerial duties in March 1997 on the appointment of Dave Bassett.

He opted to leave the club at the end of the 1996–97 season after twelve years at the City Ground.

Later career[edit]

Pearce joined Newcastle United along with fellow veterans John Barnes and Ian Rush in the 1997–98 season under Kenny Dalglish and played in the 1998 FA Cup Final, though again he emerged on the defeated side. He scored once during his spell at Newcastle, in a Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev.[6] Eventually Pearce was isolated, along with other players including Rob Lee and John Barnes upon Kenny Dalglish's sacking after Ruud Gullit took over. A number of players were treated coldly by Gullit, and Pearce along with Barnes and Lee were made to train with the reserves despite cumulatively having over 150 England caps between them. Both Pearce and Barnes assert in their autobiographies Gullit felt threatened by the senior players in the squad, and they felt they were being sidelined to prevent them challenging him for the manager's position should it arise. Pearce claims also that he once kicked Gullit up in the air during a training session, and a number of other players sniggered at this due to Gullit's poor relationship with them.[7]

He went on to play for West Ham United, a year after falling out of favour with Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit. He made his debut on 7 August 1999 in a 1–0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur. His first goal came on 21 October 2000 in a 2–1 home defeat to Arsenal. He made 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and in 2001 he was named Hammer of the year.[8] In Summer 2001 he was Kevin Keegan's first signing for Manchester City for what would be the final season in his career. He captained the club to the First Division championship and scored direct from a free-kick on his debut, against Watford F.C. In the final game of his career, against Portsmouth, he had the aim to reach 100 career goals.[9] He took a penalty kick for City four minutes into injury time, but missed it along with the chance to reach his target.[10]

Throughout his career, he was given the nickname of "Psycho" for his unforgiving style of play. This was initially a tag afforded to him only by Forest fans, though later it was adopted by England supporters too. Former England Team mate Matthew Le Tissier has since described him as his scariest opponent in his book Taking Le Tiss.

Former Nottingham Forest team mate Roy Keane said he was a "Man amongst boys" at Forest. In recognition of his talents and his support for various charities, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in January 1999.[11]

England career[edit]

Debut[edit]

He made his debut for England against Brazil in a 1–1 friendly draw at Wembley on 19 May 1987 at the age of 25.[12] Replacing Kenny Sansom as the first choice left-back for his country, injury prevented him from playing in the 1988 European Championships. Following the tournament he was consistently picked as left-back and scored his first England goal in his 21st senior appearance for England on 25 April 1990, scoring in a 4–2 friendly win over Czechoslovakia at Wembley.[12]

1990 World Cup[edit]

Pearce played at the 1990 World Cup, setting up a goal for David Platt in the quarter-final win against Cameroon and operating as a more attacking left back than normal as England deployed a sweeper system.[13][14] England progressed to the semi-finals, and Pearce was one of two players (the other being Chris Waddle) to miss a penalty in the shoot-out against West Germany after the match had ended in a 1–1 draw. Pearce left the field in tears.[15]

The following summer, on 8 June 1991, he scored his second England goal in a 2–0 win over New Zealand during the England side's tour of Oceania. This game was his 40th appearance for England.[16]

Euro 96[edit]

When Terry Venables became England coach later in 1994, Pearce lost his place to Graeme Le Saux but then regained it after Le Saux suffered a broken leg in December 1995. Pearce stayed in the side into the UEFA Euro 1996 competition, scoring a penalty in a quarter-final shoot-out against Spain, which England won.[17] The Euro 96 games had been England's first competitive matches since the end of the World Cup qualifiers nearly three years earlier, as they had not been required to qualify for the tournament due to being hosts. All of the games played between November 1993 and June 1996 had been friendlies, including the clash with Switzerland on 15 November 1995 in which Pearce scored the last of his five goals for England.[18] His emotional celebration in front of an ecstatic Wembley crowd became one of English football's most celebrated images.[17] He repeated the feat in the semi-final shoot-out against Germany which Germany won.[19]

International retirement[edit]

Pearce had intended to retire from international football after Euro 96,[citation needed] but new national coach Glenn Hoddle persuaded him to change his mind and he continued his international career for a few more seasons. He was not selected for the 1998 World Cup, but the appointment of Kevin Keegan to the England job and Pearce's form for West Ham prompted a recall for the 37-year-old for two qualifying games for Euro 2000. Pearce's broken leg later put paid to further international chances and he ended his international career in 1999 with 78 caps, which for a time put him in the all-time top ten appearance makers for England.

His last appearance for England was in a goalless draw in Poland on 8 September 1999 in the Euro 2000 qualifiers. His last goal had come on 8 September 1993 (when he was playing outside the top flight at club level following Nottingham Forest's relegation) in a 3–0 World Cup qualifier win over Poland.[20]

At 37 years and 137 days, he was the third-oldest outfield player ever to appear for England (only Stanley Matthews and Leslie Compton, plus five goalkeepers, have been older).

During his one match tenure, Peter Taylor appointed Pearce as assistant manager. England played, and lost to, Italy in Turin.

Coaching career[edit]

Manchester City[edit]

Stuart Pearce managing Manchester City against Rafael Benitez's Liverpool in 2007.

After ending his playing career with Manchester City, he remained at the club as a coach under manager Kevin Keegan. In March 2005, less than three years after retiring, he was appointed caretaker of City after Keegan left the club.[21] After a successful run of form, which put the club close to UEFA Cup qualification, Pearce was given the job on a permanent basis.[22] However, they missed the opportunity to reach Europe on the final game of the season by drawing 1–1 with Middlesbrough. Robbie Fowler missed a penalty in the last minute which, if it had gone in, would have given City a UEFA Cup place.

Despite a successful start to the 2005–06 season, City finished 15th in the Premiership due to losing nine of the last ten games. They were also eliminated from the League Cup by League One side Doncaster Rovers. Pearce developed the reputation as being unusually fair and honest by refusing to criticise referees for mistakes they may have made.[23] He was also touted as a potential successor for England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson.[24]

Pearce failed to bring about an improvement in the 2006–07 season which saw City come close to relegation.[25] The club were again eliminated from the League Cup by a League One team, this time by Chesterfield. The side also scored just 10 goals at home in the league, and none after New Years Day in 2007, a record low in top-flight English football.[26] Pearce was sacked at the end of the season in May 2007.[27]

England Under 21s[edit]

In February 2007, before his sacking by Manchester City, Pearce had been appointed manager of the England Under-21 team,[28] initially part-time in conjunction with his role at Man City. Under his guidance, England reached the semi-finals of the 2007 UEFA Under-21 Championships but were eliminated on penalties by the hosts, the Netherlands. This success, coupled with the ending of his job at Man City, saw him appointed as the full-time manager of the England Under-21 team in July 2007.[29]

His role in the England set-up was extended in January 2008 when new manager Fabio Capello appointed Pearce as a coach for the senior England team in addition to his Under-21 duties.[30] Following the resignation of Fabio Capello, in February 2012, Pearce acted as caretaker manager for the senior team. His sole match in charge was a 3–2 loss in a friendly against the Netherlands.[31]

In June 2009, he guided the England Under 21's to the final of the 2009 UEFA Under-21 Championships where they lost 4–0 to Germany.[32] He was also manager of the Under 21 team which reached the 2013 UEFA Under-21 Championships in Israel where they were eliminated having lost all their group matches[33] and on 19 June 2013 it was announced by the FA that his contract would not be extended.[34]

Great Britain Olympic football team[edit]

Pearce managed the Great Britain Olympic football team for their matches in the 2012 Olympics.[35][36]

Nottingham Forest[edit]

Pearce was appointed as the manager of Nottingham Forest, effective from 1 July 2014.[37]

Personal life[edit]

Pearce is a devotee of punk rock and is visible as one of the members of a frenetic audience featured on the inside sleeve of the album God's Lonely Men by one of his favourite bands, The Lurkers.[38] Additionally, he has met The Stranglers nearly 30 times, and has had a record label named after him by the band, Psycho Records.

In 1994, Pearce was accused of directing a racial slur in Paul Ince's direction during a Nottingham Forest-Manchester United match.[39] It was alleged Pearce called Ince an "arrogant black cunt".[40] Pearce has since admitted the offence, saying "it wasn't appropriate at the time".[41]

In 1998, Pearce was involved in a serious car crash, when the car he was driving was crushed by a lorry overturning and landing on the roof of the car. Pearce escaped with only minor hand injuries and a stiff back.[42]

His autobiography, Psycho, was released in 2001 and became a Sunday Times best seller.[citation needed]

His brother Dennis is a British National Party activist and was third on the BNP list for London for the European Parliament election, 2009. However, in a brief statement through the FA – which has an anti-racism stance – Pearce said: "My brother's views are his own and do not in any way reflect mine."[43]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wealdstone 1978–1983 176 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 242 16
Total 176 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 242 16
Coventry City 1983–84 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
1984–85 28 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 30 4
Total 51 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 53 4
Nottingham Forest 1985–86 30 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 34 1
1986–87 39 6 0 0 5 2 0 0 44 8
1987–88 34 5 5 1 3 0 1 0 41 6
1988–89 36 6 5 0 8 1 5 3 54 11
1989–90 34 5 1 0 10 1 2 2 47 9
1990–91 33 11 10 4 4 1 2 0 49 16
1991–92 30 5 4 2 9 1 5 1 48 9
1992–93 23 2 3 0 5 0 0 0 28 2
1993–94 42 6 2 0 1 0 1 0 50 6
1994–95 36 8 1 0 3 2 0 0 40 10
1995–96 31 3 4 2 1 1 8 0 44 6
1996–97 33 5 2 0 2 0 0 0 37 5
Total 401 63 34 8 57 11 24 6 522 92
Newcastle Utd 1997–98 25 0 7 0 0 0 4 1 34 1
1998–99 12 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 15 0
Total 37 0 7 0 2 0 6 1 52 1
West Ham Utd 1999–2000 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
2000–01 34 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 42 3
Total 42 2 4 1 4 0 0 0 50 3
Manchester City 2001–02 38 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 43 3
Total 38 3 2 0 3 0 0 0 43 3
Career Total 1985–2002 746 83 52 10 69 11 30 7 962 119

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Nottingham Forest

West Ham United

Manchester City

Individual

As a manager[edit]

England U-21s

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win %
England Nottingham Forest (caretaker) 20 December 1996 8 May 1997 23 7 9 7 30.43
England Manchester City 11 March 2005 14 May 2007 97 34 20 43 35.05
England England U-21[44] 1 February 2007 18 June 2013 41 23 13 5 56.10
United Kingdom Great Britain Olympic 20 October 2011 18 June 2013 5 2 2 1 40.00
England England (caretaker) 8 February 2012 1 May 2012 1 0 0 1 00.00
Total 166 65 44 57 39.16

References[edit]

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  36. ^ "David Beckham, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale on the list for Team GB". BBC Sport. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
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  44. ^ Results for Pearce's record in the U21 job from here [1], here [2] and here [3].

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