Steve Wigley is set to join Nottingham Forest as Stuart Pearce’s assistant manager after leaving his position as Fulham’s Under-18 manager
The former Forest player was Pearce’s number two at Manchester City and with the England Under-21s, having previously worked with David Platt for the 2002 tournament in Switzerland.
He began his coaching career as manager of Aldershot Town before Paul Hart persuaded him to return to the City Ground in 1997 as assistant academy director. Wigley joined Southampton as academy director in 2001 and later became manager briefly before joining up with Pearce in 2005.
The 52-year-old described his working relationship with Pearce in an interview with Fultime last year: “We share a lot of the same ideas and complement each other. He’s an extremely hard-working coach and likes to be out on the pitch with his players. He’s an honest man too, and I think he’s brought a lot to his role with England.”
After coaching jobs at Bolton Wanderers, Hull City and Bristol City, Wigley joined Fulham in the summer of 2012 and was integral in the development of young players at Craven Cottage — his Under-18s side lost 7-6 to Chelsea in the FA Youth Cup Final last week.
Fulham’s academy director Huw Jennings said: “It’s very disappointing that Steve has left us, especially after such a successful period for the Under-18s. Steve was a great asset to Fulham, but he has received an offer in football that he felt compelled to accept, and impossible for us to persuade him otherwise.”
A tricky, pacy winger, Wigley joined Forest from Curzon Ashton in 1981 and made 82 appearances for the Reds before signing for Sheffield United in 1985. He later played for Birmingham City, Portsmouth, Exeter City and Bognor Regis Town.