Five people Stuart Pearce should heed warnings from over Forest job

Stuart Pearce

Newcastle United captain, legendary Leeds United winger, formidable Derby County defender, Liverpool's king of the Kop and faltering Tottenham Hotspur boss all feature.

In football, the term 'never go back' is a phrase that is often coined by many ex-professionals and critics in the current game.

It is mainly aimed at club legends who end up soiling their own reputation upon a second spell at a club. A scenario many will be dreading, as Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce looks close to accepting the role as manager.

Stuart Pearce, after initially rejecting the approach from Nottingham Forest, looks very close to taking Fawaz Al-Hasawi's offer of becoming Forest manager at the end of the season, regardless of whether the Reds reach the Premier League or not. 

It was only a few days ago that Stuart Pearce, along with former Leeds United manager Neil Warnock, turned down the job at the City Ground due to non-football related matters. However, in what has been a whirlwind couple of weeks at the City Ground, it looks as if Pearce could go back on his word and finally take the chair his mentor Brian Clough left in 1993.

It is an appointment that has the majority of the City Ground full to the brim with excitement, as it is a chance to see a true club legend back in the City Ground dugout.

However, as the phrase 'never go back' is likely to be hanging over the former England under-21 manager's head, we take a look at five other high-profile cases which this term has turned out to be true.

Alan Shearer - Newcastle United manager.

In which is perhaps the most high-profile case for the term 'never go back' in modern football, the former Newcastle United legend was tasked in 2009, with just eight games remaining, to keep the Toon in the Premier League. 

It was a task that quickly looked too much for the multiple record-holder, and in his only spell in management, both before and after, he relegated his boyhood club to the Championship.

Shearer's eight games at the club yielded just five points out of a possible twenty-four, and needless to say, he wasn't offered the job on a permanent basis.

Eddie Gray - Leeds United manager.

In 2000, the Glaswegian winger was voted by supporters as the third best player in Leeds United history, behind only Billy Bremner and John Charles.

Unfortunately for United supporters, the moments of magic he produced on the pitch couldn't be delegated to others, by himself off it during a three-year managerial spell which began in 1982.

He mustered a below-average 63 wins in 183 games, a win-percentage of less than 35%. Given the circumstances of both spells it isn't completely disastrous, but still, for a player of his stature it represented a dent in his reputation at the club.

Colin Todd - Derby County manager.

As a player, the former Nottingham Forest man was absolutely key to bringing the glory days to the baseball ground. A key component in both title winning sides at the East Midland's club meant his name would forever go down in the history books.

However, when the highly-respected defender, turned manager, took over from the popular Jim Smith as Derby County manager in  October 2001, his reputation turned sour.

He was sacked just three-months later after recording the worst loss-percentage, still to this day, of any Derby County manager in history.

Kenny Dalglish - Liverpool manager.

Although his first spell as Liverpool manager was hugely successful, it was his second spell 20-years-later that scrutinised the legend's name.

There are a huge number of high-profile clangers that are infamous with Dalglish's second spell at the club, none bigger than Liverpool's eighth place Premier League finish and, of course, the £70million paid for English trio: Stewart Downing, Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson.

Nevertheless, he still won the League Cup in 2012 and more recently, has been proved right with regards to signing Jordan Henderson.

Tim Sherwood - Current Tottenham Hotspur manager.

The current Tottenham Hotspur manager, although not renowned a legend at White Hart Lane, still played in over 100-games for the club.

He won the chance to manage Spurs after the departure of Andre Villa-Boas due to a strong starts whilst installed as caretaker. However, despite a strong start, even the most optimistic Tottenaham fan will admit things have turned sour for the 45-year-old.

Although he hasn't failed on the same scale in comparison to the others mentioned, he is currently in the game trying to manage with the modern day expectation, which at most clubs is higher than ever before. A similar situation Pearce is likely to find himself in next season, if he does indeed take the job.

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