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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 February, 2004, 13:42 GMT
Pearce tipped for Forest
Exclusive by Jonathan Stevenson

Stuart Pearce and Nigel Clough
Stan Collymore believes Stuart Pearce should be appointed the new manager of Nottingham Forest with Nigel Clough as his right-hand man.

Forest sacked Paul Hart on Saturday after defeat against Coventry left them in the Division One drop zone.

"The dream ticket for a lot of people would be for Stuart to take over as manager and have Nigel alongside him," Collymore told BBC Sport.

"I suppose it depends if Nigel would want to be Stuart's number two."

Collymore was in the Forest team with Pearce for two seasons from 1993-95 when the club gained promotion and finished third in the Premiership.

If Stuart phoned me up and asked me to help in some capacity of course I would
Stan Collymore

And he believes the City Ground favourite has all the attributes needed to handle the job.

"I think Stuart will make a great manager because he was not only a true leader on the pitch but a really affable guy off it.

"He'll have learned a lot from his brief time as Forest boss and from his spells at Newcastle and Manchester City.

"It's the right time for him to get back into it. He's guaranteed to be the fans favourite choice and he'll get so much goodwill.

Stuart Pearce and Stan Collymore could be reunited at Forest
Stuart Pearce and Stan Collymore could be reunited at Forest

"The wheels have fallen off for Forest, but they've got some good young players and Pearce will bring his aura back to the club and lift them immediately."

Collymore has been linked with several clubs since hinting in October that he would like to end his exile from the game.

And he says if the call came from Pearce or any new Forest manager he would consider a return.

"If Stuart or anybody else phoned me up and asked me to help in some capacity of course I would.

"I'm happy doing my media work and I wouldn't actively seek them out, but if they came to me I'd be interested.

"I think I'd have to help out any of my old clubs."

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