Nottingham Forest and Stuart Pearce on the rocks after transfer controversyby Jack Kitson / 05 August 2014, 10:02Tweet
The dawn of the 2014/15 Football League season is just days away but Nottingham Forest's camaign is in severe danger of blowing up at the first hurdle after new boss Stuart Pearce let rip at the club's Kuwaiti owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi. Pearce is furious after Al Hasawi sold Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle United (who will be loaned back) without his permission, and the transfer controversy is threatening to unsettle the Midlands side ahead of this weekend’s season-opener.
Controversy is never far away from the City Ground, with Al Hasawi previously clashing with former Forest gaffers Billy Davies and Alex McLeish over transfer policy, which has becoming a ghastly reoccurring theme at the club, much to the angst of the supporters.
Pearce, who only took charge of his beloved Forest five weeks ago, is yet to even manage a competitive match, with the former England U21 boss facing Blackpool at home in his first game on Saturday.
The very public row is not what the club wanted ahead of the new season. Pearce was brought in back in June with the intention of conjuring up a push for promotion. Forest have been out of the top-flight since way back in 1998/99, but can be found at 6/1 (Sky Bet) to end years of hurt and finally haul themselves back in the big-time, while they are priced at 18/1 to go on and win the Championship.