Three Forest players who could benefit from Pearce's sacking

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Nottingham Forest dispensed with Stuart Pearce last week.

Nottingham Forest's sacking of Stuart Pearce last week was one which rocked the club, despite the feeling of inevitability about it. 

Forest's season has been drifting towards mediocrity for some time, after a run of just three wins in 24 matches, and Fawaz Al-Hasawi clearly felt that the only answer to stop the demise was to part with the manager. 

The Kuwaiti owner has operated with a revolving door policy since taking charge of the club and Pearce was the latest victim of his short-term approach to ownership. 

Pearce could hardly have considered his sacking unjust, considering the poor form the side have been on, but Forest fans were generally still behind him in being able to turn things around. 

Pearce's status as a Forest legend meant that there was a will for him to succeed and most were prepared to give him extra time to get things right at the City Ground. 

As a result his sacking has created a lot of anger around the club, but there may be some members of the squad who feel that they will benefit from it. 

Pearce tested out a number of players during his time with the Midlands side, but there will be a select few who would have felt that their chances were limited under his regime and in this piece we take a look at three who could be boosted by his departure. 

Karl Darlow

The Forest stopper had started the season as the club's first choice, but he lost his place to Dorus De Vries in the latter stages of Pearce's regime and looked set for a fight to win it back.

De Vries has been in good form since getting an opportunity, but new boss Dougie Freedman may choose to bring Darlow back into his team.

The England youth international remains one of the finest goalkeepers in the second tier and having him sat on the substitutes' bench does seem slightly strange. 

Although De Vries would feel his dropping would be harsh, Darlow is the more talented of the two goalkeepers and Freedman may see him as the team's number one. 

David Vaughan

The central midfielder has suffered a stop-start season for a number of reasons, but there was a feeling that he wasn't one of Pearce's preferred choices. 

The 31-year-old has made just nine appearances, with other members of the squad being selected ahead of him on regular occasions. 

The emergence of Ben Osborn coupled with the form of Robert Tesche saw his chances blocked and Pearce's signing of Gary Gardner only served to push the former Blackpool man further down the pecking order. 

Freedman may turn to Vaughan's experience of Championship football to help arrest the side's slide, though, and he will be hoping to prove a point if he does get a chance. 

Jamie Paterson 

The Forest winger has been surprisingly underused throughout the season so far. 

Pearce constantly overlooked the former Walsall man, who had been one of the Reds' best players in the previous campaign. 

The Nottingham Post reported that Paterson could have been loaned out in the January transfer window, but he will be glad that no move materialised and he is going to be eager to impress under Freedman's tutelage. 

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