Stuart Pearce performs dramatic u-turn and edges towards Nottingham Forest job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 01 April 2014, 09:44

Stuart PearceSince sacking Billy Davies last week Nottingham Forest's search for a successor has been a frustrating affair. The Championship club were widely expected to appoint Neil Warnock, however the ex Notts County boss decided the job wasn't for him. There have since been reports of further rejection by the likes of Malky Mackay, Steve Clarke and Stuart Pearce, although on Monday the latter performed a dramatic u-turn and has reopened talks with his former club.

Pearce previously turned down Forest due to personal reasons, however the Midlands club have come back with an improved offer in order to lure the former Man City and England Under-21 manager back to the City Ground, a venue he spent 12 years at as a player. Pearce, who made over 400 appearances for Forest, is now the odds on favourites with all bookmakers in the Next Nottingham Forest Manager Market, while the likes of Clarke, Gianfranco Zola and Leonardo Jardim have all drifted in the betting.

Forest are desperate to get back to winning ways following a turgid nine game winless run that has rocked their bid for promotion. Back in February the club were challenging for an automatic promotion match, however they have since slipped out of the play-offs, and now have seven matches remaining to hurl themselves back in the mix. Next up are back-to-back home games against Millwall and Sheff Wed, followed by a huge game away to QPR.

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