Stuart Pearce has told Nottinghamshire Live that Nottingham Forest have appointed a very astute manager in Chris Hughton and has suggested he’d love to see the club back in the Premier League.

The legendary former left-back is currently on David Moyes’ coaching staff at West Ham, having previously spent time managing Forest.

Hughton replaced Sabri Lamouchi as the Reds incumbent nearly two weeks ago, leading Forest to their first win of the season against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

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Pearce believes the Reds hierarchy have got themselves a gem with the appointment of the 61-year-old.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “I spoke with Chrissy Hughton the other day and wished him well.

“I like Chris as a man. We’ve contacted each other many times over the years, over coaching courses and various bits and pieces with the League Managers’ Association.

“I think they’ve got a very astute manager in charge at the moment.  He’s got more experience and knows how the game works.

“Nothing would give me more pleasure than to be part of a coaching set-up, at West Ham potentially, that takes a team to the City Ground at some stage – in the Premier League.”

Hughton has plenty of Championship experience, leading Newcastle and Brighton to promotion from the second tier and getting Birmingham City to the play-offs.


The man who served Tottenham with distinction as a player has also managed in the Premier League with the Seagulls and with Norwich City.

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Of course, it’s early days but Forest do look to have hit the jackpot with the appointment of Hughton.

There aren’t too many managers out there at the moment who are available with the level of experience which Hughton has.

Forest have games coming thick and fast and the new boss will hope to get the season kick-started with more points from a home double-header against Rotherham and Derby this week.

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