Aston Villa-owned Gary Gardner impressed with Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce

Aston Villa-owned Gary Gardner has full confidence in Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.

Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Gardner has been singing the praises of manager Stuart Pearce.

Former Manchester City boss Pearce has come under pressure at Forest in recent times due to the team’s poor results which have seen them slip down to the bottom half of the Championship table.

The two-time European Cup winners started the 2014-15 season brilliantly and were in contention for a playoff spot, but since December the results have not gone their way.

On Saturday, Forest lost their fourth game in a row when they went down 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday at City Ground.

Goals from Kieran Lee and Chris Maguire proved enough for Wednesday to pick up the points, leaving Forest 13th in the Championship table with 31 points from 25 matches.

Gardner, who joined Forest on loan from Premier League outfit Aston Villa last week until the end of the season, insists that Pearce can turn things around and has explained why.

“I know the gaffer is hard as nails, I know he’ll get through this,” the 22-year-old told Forest’s official website. “I was buzzing that the fans were supporting him.

“He’s a great character and he wants the players to get stuck in. Unfortunately it didn’t go our way today but we’ll keep going.”

Times are tough for Forest at the moment and Pearce is understandably under pressure. The Championship is a very difficult league and things can change very quickly, but the problem is that the Nottingham-based side’s struggles have been going on for some time.

Forest are already 10 points off a playoff spot in the Championship table, and they simply cannot afford to drop any more points in the coming games if they want to retain their slim chance of finishing in the top six.

Could sacking Pearce and bringing in a new manager help? Perhaps, but then again a new boss will take time.

And time is what Forest do not have at the moment if they are to achieve their goal of a top-six finish in the Championship this season.

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