Nottingham Forest legend reveals what owner told him on Stuart Pearce sacking

Nottingham Forest parted ways with Stuart Pearce last week.

John McGovern says that Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi told him that he still respects Stuart Pearce, but something had to change as performances were 'awful'.

Pearce was sacked as Forest boss after the club went on a run of just three wins in 24 matches, and the decision has caused uproar at the City Ground.

Although this season hasn’t worked out as expected, most Forest supporters had been craving stability and were prepared to give Pearce more time to get things right on the pitch.

Al Hasawi, however, wasn't and he replaced Pearce with Dougie Freedman. The former Crystal Palace manager has been handed an 18-month deal and took part in his first press conference on Tuesday.

McGovern’s meeting with the Reds owner was a short one, with very little of note said, but his comments regarding Pearce's sacking have provided some insight into Al Hasawi's mind-set.

Freedman's task in turning things around at Forest looks a particularly tough one, as the supporters have not welcomed his appointment.

With the squad low on confidence and the atmosphere around the City Ground threatening to turn toxic, this campaign will be all about stability.

Freedman needs to galvanise the squad and help them break out of their poor run of form, because the relegation zone is only seven points away and it is not unthinkable that Forest could be dragged into the fight, considering the situation they are currently in.

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