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Stuart Pearce

"'If you'd like me to do it - I'd want to do it'"

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  Stuart Pearce MBE
Birth 24 April 1962 at Hammersmith Hospital, Acton, London [registered in Hammersmith, June 1962].

Playing Career

Started his junior football playing school football, starting in goal before settling at centre-back.  As a thirteen year-old, Stuart trained with Queen's Park Rangers FC for six months, but the club declined to give Pearce a future with them. Arsenal FC also courted his services at the same time, but he was happy enough with his schoolboy career. After leaving school, Stuart joined Wealdstone FC in 1978, he played 176 league matches, scoring ten goals before joining Coventry City FC on 20 October 1983 for £25,000, but not before a trial with Hull City AFC in 1980, which he turned down the contract offered (54 league appearances, four goals).  His defensive awareness was picked up by Brian Clough and Pearce, alongside Ian Butterworth, was signed by Nottingham Forest FC on 3 June 1985 for £450,000 (PFA states £200,000 fee). (401 league appearances, 63 goals). After a four month spell as caretaker-manager, Pearce left Forest at the end of the 1996-97 season.  Despite his twelve years, many of them as Forest captain, Stuart made the move to Newcastle United FC on 21 July 1997 on a free transfer for the chance of Champions League football, he would go on to play 37 Premier League matches, before returning to London, but not before a return to Forest was mooted, but that failed to materialise and Pearce joined Harry Redknapp's West Ham United FC on 2 August 1999, and another two goals in 42 league matches followed. Pearce then joined Manchester City FC on 20 June 2001 where he played his final 38 league games in the Championship, scoring three goals. He retired from playing football in May 2002.
Club honours Football League Centenary Tournament winner 1988; Football League Cup winner 1988-89, 1989-90, runners-up 1991-92; Full Members Cup winner 1988-89, 1991-92; FA Cup runners-up 1990-91, 1998-99; UEFA Intertoto Cup winner 1999; Football League winners 2001-02;
Individual honours Awarded MBE in December 1998 for his services to football. Premier League Player of the Month February 2001;
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 9lbs [1987], 13st. 0lbs [2000].

Management Career

Club(s) Having served his apprenticeship playing for the best of managers, Brian Clough. Stuart Pearce became caretaker manager of Nottingham Forest FC on 20 December 1996 following the resignation of Frank Clark. He remained in the post until Dave Bassett became the Forest manager on 8 May 1997. A period that saw 23 matches, winning seven, losing seven.
After retiring from playing whilst at Manchester City FC, manager Kevin Keegan gave Stuart Pearce a coaching role within the club. When Keegan resigned on 11 March 2005, Pearce took over in a caretaker capacity.  Stuart was given the position permanently on 12 May 2005, and kept the position until his sacking on 14 May 2007.
In the meantime, Pearce was handed the England U21 job by the FA on a part-time basis in January 2007, a position made full time on 19 July 2007. Fabio Capello made Stuart Pearce part of the national teams coaching staff on 30 January 2008.  Pearce was also installed as the manager of Team GB on 20 October 2011, for the summer Olympic games in 2012 Summer.
Club honours As England U21 manager, took his team to third place in the 2007 UEFA European U21 Championships, and runners-up in the 2009 tournament.
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

England Career

England tenure Appointed temporary coach on 9 February 2012. He held the appointment and responsibilities until Roy Hodgson's appointment on 1 May 2012.
Only match No. 903, 29 February 2012, England 2 Netherlands 3, a friendly match at The National Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 49 years 311 days;
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Backroom Staff Although no formal announcement were made, Steve Wigley was his assistant for his only match.  Ray Clemence was also a member on the staff bench.


The Numbers
matches squads named squad players teamsheet players used players debutants careers ended ave. age
1 1 26 21 17 1 2 26 yrs 164 dys
1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Home venue
Friendly match
1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1

Match History

Took Charge on 9 February 2012
Friendly match
1 903 29 February 2012 - England 2 Netherlands 3 [0-0]
The National Stadium, Wembley
Cahill, Young
Robben (2), Huntelaar

Appointment relinquished 1 May 2012