Stuart Pearce

Where is Stuart Pearce now?

Former Premier League left-back Stuart Pearce retired from playing in 2002 at the age of 40 after a season playing at Manchester City.

Starting his career in 1978 with non-league side Wealdstone, he went onto make over 700 professional first team appearances for five clubs winning the League Cup twice with Nottingham Forest and the First Division title with Man City.

He was also an important player for the England national side during the late 1980’s and all through the 1990’s winning 78 caps and representing his country at the 1990 FIFA World Cup finals the 1996 European Championships.
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Upon retiring from playing, Pearce stayed at Manchester City as a coach and took over first team affairs in a caretaker manager role three years later after manager Kevin Keegan left the club.

Under his guidance, City enjoyed a great end to the season and narrowly missed out on a UEFA Cup place which was enough for the board to give him the job on a permanent basis in May 2005.

After a reasonable first season finish of 15th, his second season didn’t go to plan and they came close to relegation in 2006-07 which led to his dismissal from the club two years after his appointment.

During his time as manager of Manchester City, Pearce was also manager of the England under 21 team on a part-time basis which became a full-time appointment after he left his club post.

Spending six years as coach he successfully led the team to the semi-finals of the 2007 European Championships and also the final of the 2009 European Championships before leaving when his contract expired in 2013.

He also worked as a coach for the senior team under Fabio Capello from 2008 to 2012 and had one game as caretaker manager following Capello’s resignation in 2012. 

Pearce was also manager of the Team GB football team at the 2012 Olympic Games but despite being one of the tournament favourites they lost on penalties to South Korea in the quarter finals.

In July 2014 he made a return to club management with Nottingham Forest and enjoyed a fantastic start but was sacked in February 2015 after a string of bad results left the team in 15th position in the league.

After leaving Forest Pearce started working as a match analyst and pundit across the television networks including the BBC, Sky Sports and BT Sport.

Keen to get back into football management, Pearce revealed in September 2015 that he had been unsuccessful in his application as head coach for the Finland national team job.

After two and a half years out of football coaching, he made a return as an assistant to David Moyes at West Ham United in November 2017.

With the side near the foot of the table, Moyes and his backroom staff stabilised the side and avoided relegation. However, their contracts weren’t renewed at the end of the season and they all left the club.

During his time out of the game he has returned to his pundit work and has been working a lot on Sky Sports News as an analyst on their Premier League Daily slot.

He also helps out with defensive coaching at Portsmouth on a part-time basis.

Back to Newcastle United / Nottingham Forest / West Ham United

Stuart Pearce was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in October 2015 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in the #One2Eleven section of the show.

#One2Eleven (3-5-2 Formation)

GK – Peter Shilton – his clean sheet record and number of caps for England was unbelievable. He was oustanding and demanded perfection.

RB – Gary Neville – fantastically consistent for both club and country. Good play wing back or as one of three central defenders.

LWB – John Barnes – not his usual position but had to put him in for what he did with England and Liverpool. Oustanding player that could make an impact by carrying teams on his own.

CB – Des Walker – the most consistent player I’ve ever worked with, incredible – especially around the World Cup in 1990.

CB – Tony Adams – a proper captain and a funny guy. He stands for everything a good captain should be.

CB – Terry Butcher – a collosus of a man with a wand of a left foot. He great leader and a funny fella too.

CM – Bryan Robson – all action, unselfish and carried the England team in the 1980’s.

CM – Paul Gascoigne – the most talented individual I’ve played alongside. He had a real arrogance on the pitch and was brilliant to have around the squad.

Number 10 – Ali Bernabia – a hard Algerian player who set Manchester City alight in my final season. Absolutely sensational in everything he did.

Forward – Gary Lineker – one of the worst trainers you’ve ever seen but scored time and time again on a Saturday.

Forward – Alan Shearer – Outstanding. To score the goals he did at club and country level. Dispatched finishes like you’d never believe.

Stuart Pearce: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forNewcastle United, Nottingham Forest, West Ham United

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