Speaking to the Chronicle, Pearce has admitted he has no regrets over his short spell as Forest manager, although he does believe he was sacked too early.
“I certainly wasn’t given any time,” the former England international said “We started off like an express train and were top of the league but there was always going to be a levelling-out. We were never below 12th but the chairman didn’t have any patience and that was that.
“However, I don’t regret a thing. A lot of people wondered if I should go to Forest and risk my reputation from my playing days but that wasn’t a worry to me.”
Forest started the season in incredible form, and many were considering them as a favourite for promotion, but they fell off after the early weeks and Pearce was sacked in February after just 32 games.
Still, at the time of his sacking, the Championship giants were only in 12th place, and their play-off chances were not yet out of the question.
Dougie Freedman has come in and stabilised the club, and his win ratio of 41% is vastly improved on Pearce’s 31%. However, he cannot be properly judged until next season when he has had a pre-season to work with the squad, and he may prove to be just as average as Pearce.
His poor spell in charge has done little to tarnish his reputation to the fans at the City Ground, with many suspecting his managerial credentials even before he was appointed.
He may have no regrets at his sacking, but he surely would have wanted at least a full season in charge to properly evaluate his ability as manger of Forest.