Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce has sent a passionate plea to the club’s hierarchy after last night’s 4-0 defeat to Leicester City.
Some reports have claimed that Steve Cooper is fighting for his job at the City Ground but Pearce has jumped to his defence.
Forest added 22 new players during the summer and that has seen the Reds flatter to deceive during the 2022/23 campaign.
Cooper has seen his team win just once this season and that came back in August when the Reds defeated West Ham.
Since then it’s been a bit of a struggle and Forest are now on a run of five straight defeats in the Premier League.
Pearce was on TalkSPORT this morning and he had a clear message for the Forest hierarchy as they prepare to wield the axe on Cooper.
He said: “Steve achieved that. For me, he was Manager of the Year by a million miles last season for doing what he did.
“We’re only eight games in. With 22 players coming into the club, it’s very destabilising. Who’s brought those players in? Have they all been sanctioned by the manager? We don’t know that from the outside.
“The one thing Steve has never bemoaned is the fact that players have been brought into the club. In that sense, he holds his counsel very well.
“When they were successful he was was very humble.
“I was in Nottingham on Friday and I said to them that the manager needs their support now more than ever. He has to be given time and that’s how I see the situation.”
Pearce has sent a plea to the board and they must be patient
What a man. When it comes to discussing Nottingham Forest, Pearce often cracks the nail right on the head. This is no different.
Sacking Cooper now would be ludicrous. Sacking him and replacing him with Rafa Benitez would create a toxic atmosphere that nobody needs.
The Reds are struggling right now. The struggle is now taking place in the Premier League though and a sense of perspective is required.
Forest were rock bottom of the Championship when Cooper took over. He had no qualms about taking the job despite that predicament.
Now, at the first sign of trouble, the board might be sharpening their knives to get rid of him and that doesn’t seem right.
Pearce loves Forest and once again he’s spot on with his thoughts on Cooper.