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Stuart Pearce: They Call Him Psycho

The image of Stuart Pearce’s reaction to scoring the penalty that won England the shootout victory over Spain comes to mind when we mention Stuart Pearce’s name. During his 19-year professional career, he earned the nickname of ‘Psycho’ for his constant, heart-pounding displays on the field.

Pearce, however, is most remembered outside English shores, particularly German enthusiasts, for his weak penalty against West Germany during the 1990 World Cup Italy. However, the full-back’s career should not be defined by two penalties with contrasting outcomes. As a true field leader, his career spanned decades. When he played for Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough, arguably the greatest club manager in English soccer history, Stuart Pearce served as captain for both clubs and his country.

Brian Clough

“You only have to look at what he accomplished at Nottingam Forest and Derby County, league championships, back-to-back European Cups. He stands out,” Stuart Pearce recalled of Clough. Having worked with him for eight years, I was able to gain valuable experience. He was a crucial influence in my career.”

Due to his charisma, enthusiasm, and success, many books, and even a film have been produced about ‘Cloughie,’ who once said: ‘I may not be the best manager in the business, but I’m in the top one!”’ Perhaps unsurprisingly, Pearce has a wealth of stories about his former boss.

“When Millwall reached the top flight, there were concerns about hooliganism and intimidation. Brian Clough decided to stop the bus one and a half miles away from the ground and make us walk the rest of the way! He wanted to show that we weren’t scared or intimidated, but I was terrified! I made sure I kept up with him because he carried a large walking cane that was sure to come in handy if there was any trouble!”

Stuart Pearce has been a soccer manager himself, and he appreciates the contributions made by those who nurtured his talent. Among them were ex-England manager Terry Venables, former Wales manager Bobby Gould, and Brian Clough. But Sir Bobby Robertson, the late England manager, received particular praise.

Sir Bobby Robson

Stuart Pearce said, “Bobby Robson was everything the public perceived him to be: a great man, a great manager, and a great gentleman.”. Managing England for eight years is an accomplishment I don’t think will ever be matched. Despite the crushing loss in the semi-finals to Germany, he always conducted himself with integrity.”

“I had the fortune of playing under him for two and a half years at international level, especially at Italy 1990, when my career peaked. It was a new experience for me, and I remember how nervous I was, but then on top of that, I felt a buzz that I cannot describe. It is hard to believe that it has been nearly 40 years since I played football in Italy.”

In the years following his playing career, he worked as the coach at Manchester City under manager Kevin Keegan. Following Keegan’s departure from Manchester City in March 2005, he was appointed caretaker of the club. However, in the 2006–07 season, Stuart Pearce failed to deliver a turnaround for City, and he was eventually sacked for failing to do so.

Stuart Pearce was appointed as manager of the England national under-21 team in February 2007. In his role as England coach, Stuart Pearce guided the next generation of stars for six years.

In 2014, Fans favorite cult hero was appointed as the manager of Nottingham Forest. However, Stuart Pearce was sacked after a little more than a year on the job. He is now assistant coach to David Moyes at West Ham United.

Stuart Pearce Playing Career

Position: Defender (Left-Back)

Playing Clubs:

  • Wealdstone (1978-83)
  • Coventry City (1983-85)
  • Nottingham Forest (1985-97)
  • Newcastle United (1997-99)
  • West Ham United (1999-2001)
  • Manchester City (2001-02)

England National Team: 78 appearances, five goals


  • 2 English League Cups (1988/89, 1989/90),
  • UEFA Intertoto Cup (1999)

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