Stuart Pearce appointment splits Nottingham Forest fans on Twitter

Ex-Nottingham Forest captain Pearce was confirmed as the club's next manager on Thursday but his return to the City Ground has divided opinion.

There is no escaping the fact that Pearce, known affectionately as `Psycho`, remains a cult hero amongst Forest fans.

The tough-tackling left-back made over 500 appearances for the club as a player during a 12-year stay on the banks of the River Trent, twice winning the League Cup under legendary manager Brian Clough.

He even had a spell as caretaker manager during the 1996/97 season following the departure of Frank Clark.

The former Manchester City and England Under-21 boss made an emotional return to the City Ground as he was confirmed as Billy Davies' permanent successor.

Academy manager Gray Brazil will remain in charge on a interim basis for the remainder of the season with Pearce, who has signed a two-year contract, taking up his new role in the summer.

Some Forest fans were excited by the news of a returning hero who has the Reds at heart and who will galvanise the whole club following the circus that will forever be synonymous with Davies' second spell at the helm.

But that was tempered by some supporters who recalled Pearce's difficult spell in charge of Manchester City and, more recently, his acrimonious departure from the England set up.

Here at HITC we take a look at what Forest fans were Tweeting throughout the day. 

Rejoicing Reds








 Fretful Forest 








Despite the doubters, Pearce himself believes in his own ability to do the job.

Speaking at Thursday's press conference, he said: ``I think my managerial credentials are pretty strong.``

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