Pearce Wants Another England U21 Chance
Had things worked out differently Stuart Pearce may have been the England manager now instead of his former international teammate Gareth Southgate - they didn't and the ex England U21 boss currently finds himself out of work.
After leaving his job at the FA in 2013 he had a brief - but unsuccessful - stint in charge of former club Nottingham Forest. He was sacked in February 2015 after 32 games at the City Ground.
Now Southgate has become England manager on a permanent basis his U21 position is vacant. Aidy Boothroyd had stepped up from his U20 post to fill in on an interim basis when Southgate had likewise with the seniors.
Pearce said he enjoyed his spell with the U21s from 2007-2013 and fancies a second bite at the cherry.
He's quoted by Premier League Daily, via Sky Sports:
'Whenever you go for a job, inside or outside of football, you always look at the criteria of the job and do you match the criteria that the job offer entails. When I read through that, I thought yeah, I do. I have done the job before, I know the job and I know the organisation. One of the most motivating factors is that I really enjoyed the job, it's a fantastic job and I was very proud to work for that organisation.'
Pearce oversaw 41 games at U21 level recording 23 victories but was sacked after a disastrous European Championships in 2013 when the Three Lions lost all three games. Well, I say sacked the FA merely decided not to renew his contract...
As he's passionate about football and knows how the FA works Pearce said he was hopeful of a second chance:
'I know the FA comes under criticism at certain times, but what it really represents, the fans, English football, is something I am really passionate about.'
He'll always be a player I recall with fond memories with England for his 'come on!' at Euro 96 and he did well enough in his time with the U21 side all things considered.
However, as much as it can be beneficial to sometimes go back I can't see it would be with Pearce here and feel we'll look elsewhere.
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