After an unbeaten start to the season, and sitting pretty at the top of the table, it’s been a dream start for Stuart Pearce… but here’s five things you might have missed this month

1. Stuart Pearce — LeftLion
“What has gone on before at this football club is not for me to comment on. But I know that I have a vision for this football club and I think I’ve got a lot of good people around me who want to pull the club in the right direction. I’m not suggesting that you go away and write nice things about me; in fact I’d be very distrusting if you did write nice things about me.”

2. The cult Premier League teams we loved: Nottingham Forest 1994/95 – The Score
“The Nottingham Forest side of 1994/95 were that season’s surprise packet. Having been promoted back to the top-flight at the first time of asking, they managed to finish in third place by playing a free-flowing brand of football. With a relatively steady defence and captained by the ferocious Stuart Pearce, Forest had a solid platform that allowed other more creative players to shine.”

3. Don’t Dream It’s Over: Nottingham Forest and its love affair with the League Cup – In The Top One
“Only two clubs have lifted this glorious trophy more than Forest (Liverpool on eight occasions and Aston Villa with five), who have done so four times (along with Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur). As usual, the first time remains the sweetest and is memorable for the sight of John Robertson converting a somewhat controversial penalty at Old Trafford, to see off the mighty Liverpool on a cold evening in 1978 after a scoreless final at Wembley.”

4. Player under the microscope: Chris Burke – Forest Boffin
“What makes Burke so effective is that he is one of the more complete wingers at this level – we associate this position with running at defenders and crossing the ball, but we see a lot of players played out wide who are not true wingers; Burke is, and this is reflected in his ability to dribble and cross accurately.”

5. Accounting Treatment for Transfers and FFP – Mist Rolling in from the Trent
“I should stress that whilst the numbers used in this article are roughly linked to reports in the media they are only used here as illustrative. The principles will be shown but the numbers should not be assumed to be correct as most transfer dealings are not revealed fully. I also want to stress that this is not necessarily Forest’s strategy, I am just using their recent transfer activity to demonstrate what could happen within an FFP accounting framework and how a large spend could still reconcile with FFP, at least in the short term.”

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