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‘I wasn’t good enough to play for Wigan,’ says City boss Guardiola

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Pep Guardiola will finally step out at Wigan Athletic’s DW Stadium in Manchester City’s fifth-round FA Cup tie with the third-tier side on Monday - 13 years after he almost joined the Lancashire club as a player.

The Spanish midfielder was looking to extend his playing career, as a 34-year-old, in 2005 and contacted a number of Premier League clubs - including Wigan, then managed by Paul Jewell.

Former England captain makes a prediction about West Ham, Bilic and the fans will love this

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West Ham have had a rough start to their season but things are looking positive after their recent performances.

Former England player Stuart Pearce believes that West Ham were unlucky to start with three away games and that things will improve as the season goes on. Pearce claims that West Ham lost their confidence after the opening day defeat.

Pardew, Palace and Playing the Returning Hero

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Alan Pardew spent his New Year's Day watching on from the stands at Villa Park, watching his former club and soon-to-be employers Crystal Palace play out their second consecutive nil-nil draw since Neil Warnock was shown the door after a Boxing Day loss to Southampton.

Gareth Southgate Named England Under-21 Boss to Replace Stuart Pearce

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Former Middlesbrough manager and England centre back Gareth Southgate has been handed the tempting but challenging role of putting faith back into the England youth set-up as Under-21 coach.

The FA confirmed Southgate will take over from Stuart Pearce immediately following a disappointing European Championship campaign for the Under-21 squad.


Was Wenger’s job under-pressure after Liverpool defeat?

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Stuart Pearce believes that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger 'learned' from the defeat at the hands of Liverpool, but that he would have 'interchangeable' had he not so swiftly turned it around. The Gunners lost 4-0 to the Anfield club in the back end of August, but have since won six of their seven outings in [.

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

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And so to the visit of the awful, déclassé, mercenary Abu Dhabi Vulgarians. On one side, a team conjured from nothing and given the tin of an entire country. On the other, The Arsenal, doing things the Arsenal way. Who would have posited that a team of Woolwich's fiscal steadfastness would be the underdog against a team who back in 2006 conjured a vast home crowd of 7,960 Stockport dwellers?


Retro: This Complete Set Of Football Playing Cards From ’90 Minutes’ Magazine Really Is Something Special To Behold! (Photos)

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The brainchild of TalkSPORT presenter Paul Hawksbee, '90 Minutes' magazine launched in October of 1990 and managed a glorious seven-year run before folding.

While we're certain the publication featured it's fair share of memorable articles and such like, nothing that ever went to print is likely to provide a more lasting impression than the special set of football playing cards that 90 Minutes put their name to in 1993/94(ish).

Germany And Netherlands Serve Up Tasty Five-Goal Thriller At Euro U21 Finals (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

While Stuart Pearce was once again bemoaning the lack of young English talent available to him for the Euro U21 Finals (rather than the fact he is an outdated dinosaur of a manager), Germany and the Netherlands were concocting a rather entertaining game in their 'Group of Death'.

Nottingham Forest

Stuart Pearce Comes Out Of Retirement Aged 53 To Sign For ‘The Worst Non-League Team In England’ (Photos)

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It should be stated right up top that this is a massive publicity stunt for an insurance company (see if you can guess which one), but Stuart Pearce has come creaking out of retirement to sign for non-league Longford AFC, aka, the worst teamin English football.

Longfordhave lost all 18 of their games so far this season in the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two, conceding 179 goals (an average of almost 10 goals per game) and scoring just once.

Newcastle Players Continue Incredible Run

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Since Dougie Freedman took over form Stuart Pearce in early February as the Nottingham Forest manager he has been in charge for eight games and won seven of them with a 4-4draw at bottom of the league Blackpool, which ironically the only game Forest haven't won. Dougie Freedman fantastic initial record at Nottingham Forest [.

Derby Fan Arrested After Throwing Punch at Nottingham Forest Player!

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Nottingham Forest scored a late winner yesterday as they came from behind to beat rivals Derby County 2-1 at the Baseball Ground which had Forest manager Stuart Pearce celebrating like he'd just won the cup.

However the late winner scored by Ben Osborn a Derby lad who came through the ranks at Forest prompted one Derby fan to invade the pitch and throw a punch at a Forest player before being grappled by the steward's and arrested for the offence on a day to forget for the Rams.

Nottingham Forest Midfielder Robert Tesche’s Thunderbolt v Charlton

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Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche's thunderbolt against Charlton yesterday in the Championship gave Forest a share of the spoils at the City Ground.

And I'm sure his boss Stuart Pearce would have been proud of this one having scored quite a few thunderbolts of his own in his playing days for the club.

Nottingham Forest Midfielder Robert Tesche’s Thunderbolt v Charlton

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Nottingham Forest's Robert Tesche's thunderbolt against Charlton yesterday in the Championship gave Forest a share of the spoils at the City Ground.

And I'm sure his boss Stuart Pearce would have been proud of this one having scored quite a few thunderbolts of his own in his playing days for the club.

Stuart Pearce Get’s a Spine Tingling Welcome for his First Competitive Forest Game in Charge

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What a spine tingling moment it must have been for Stuart Pearce today as the Nottingham Forest faithful gave him a rapturous applause ahead of his first competitive game in charge of Nottingham Forest on a full-time basis having held the post as caretaker boss way back in 1996/97.

It's no real surprise having captained Forest for years under the legend that was Brian Clough that he got this sort of reception however it must have been emotional!

Could the Case of Dexter Blackstock Be the Final Blow for Tackling in the Beautiful Game?

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Football has no doubt drastically changed in the last fifteen years. The influx of foreign players, greater financial investment, sports science and the styles of play have all added to the global appeal of the English Premier League; making it the most watched and most admired football league in the world.

Nottingham Forest Release Top 10 Goals Scored by New Manager Stuart Pearce!

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Stuart Pearce's return to Nottingham Forest as manager has the Forest fans dreaming of a return to the top flight ASAP and to coincide with the capture of the former Forest hero, captain and dead-ball specialist the club have released this video of the top 10 goals scored by one of England's best ever left backs!

It will take more than Psycho to fix Forest

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If grounds could talk, its tale would be the grandest of them all. It is no Camp Nou, no Bernabeu. You could hardly find a more inauspicious set for this Hollywood plot. Across the waters of the Trent, beyond the graffiti-spattered Lady Bay Bridge and gloomy, half-abandoned industrial units, Nottingham Forest's giant, dirty goalpost Trent End is impossible to miss, standing proud alongside the boat clubs on the banks of the river.

In depth scouting: Neil Taylor

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Here is another player Fulham have been linked with.

The key question: does Neil Taylor have the stomach for a relegation battle?

Mixed thoughts:

On the one hand, he was sent off after 53 seconds in a Championship semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

This kind of recklessness under pressure is the last thing Fulham need.


Retro Football: San Marino Take Just 8.3 Seconds To Score Fastest Ever World Cup Qualification Goal Against England, 1993 (Video)

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While we're not presentingthis as an official On This Day... post, Pies would like to thank Emil Navarro for giving us a nudge via email that it was on this very day in 1993 that England suffered the humiliation of conceding against part-time perma-minnows San Marino after just 8.3 seconds.

After muddling through a fairly dire campaign, England went into their final 1994 World Cup qualifier in Bologna needing to beat San Marino by at least seven clear goals to move above the Netherlands on goal difference.

Unforgiven 2, starring Danny Mills

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Former England full-back Danny Mills made the BBC's normally soporific Saturday results show "Final Score" a little spicier than usual yesterday by dredging up an old feud he has kept burning with Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce.

When coach of Manchester City eight years ago, Pearce had dropped Mills in favour of Micah Richards, and according to Mills, accused him of falsely claiming injury.

‘Arsenal star will not play at the World Cup’ says England legend

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Latest World Cup opinions in the news today from former England left-back, Stuart Pearce, best known by his endearing nick-name; Psycho. A large part of earning this moniker came from his celebration after scoring a penalty in the Euro '96 spot-kick victory over Spain.

Offbeat: Balotelli Grateful For Naguesha, Leo Messi’s Gdansk Room & Ex-GB Coach Stuart Pearce In New Scandal

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Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly baller' gossip special! This week, former Great Britain Olympic coach Stuart Pearce leaves his wife for his assistant at the FA, The Leo Messi room in Poland is revealed, Mario Balotelli declares his love for Fanny (again!) and Neymar's son poses with his mother on Children's Day!

Man Utd defender Phil Jones ‘wants written apology’ from Stuart Pearce

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Phil Jones is demanding a written apology from former England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce, according to the Daily Telegraph. Pearce criticised players aged under-21 who pulled out of representing the Under-21 team in tournaments because they had already been capped by the senior team. And he went as far as to name Manchester United defender [.

Spain, England and the Insurmountable Gulf In Class

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England have crashed out of another tournament and were chastised in the press for doing so but what expectations were they supposed to exceed? In any age group, other than the media, does anyone actually envisage an England team succeeding at a tournament in the near future? The manager Stuart Pearce has been sacked and the reasoning behind it is that he failed to meet expectations set out prior to this Under 21 tournament.

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The English FA have confirmed that they will not be renewing the contract of Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce. But are they right to let him go? Rolly Pelovangu asks the tough questions. It's been six long years, I don't deserve it! So cried a desperate Stan in his final emotion-fueled rant to Marshall Mathers [.

Lion City Cup & England's Disaster In Israel

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England's abject failure in Israel at the European Under 21 Chamoionships has yet again thrown the country's youth policies, or lack thereof, into focus. As if three straight defeats wasn't enough, against Italy, Norway and Israel, it was the manner of them. Manager Stuart Pearce was quick to say he was deprived of key players like Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but whether they would have had the power to change things is a moot point.

What’s Going Wrong With The England Football Set-Up?

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The writing has been on the wall for Stuart Pearce for some time now. But having already lost the opening two matches of the European U21 tournament, a third defeat led the England manager to blame his players for the team's shambolic performances. Having already bemoaned the FA for preventing him from utilizing his best players, you sense it was one final swipe at those he has perceived to have let him down from a dead-man walking.

Coady Confident Of Squad Focus

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England Under-20s captain Conor Coady has emphasized the squad are heading into their World Cup campaign "focused" and eager to do their best.
The group of 21 players, overseen by Peter Taylor, travel to Turkey on Wednesday for the tournament, in which they will play Group E fixtures against Iraq on June 23, Chile on June 26 and Egypt on June 29.

Euro U21s: Israel 1-0 England – Pointless Campaign Ends In Defeat As Young Lions Beaten By Israel (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Israel 1-0 England UEFA 2013 U21 Finals 11th June 2013

No doubt Stuart Pearce et al will bemoan the lack of an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or a Jack Rodwell, but even with the limited squad he had at his disposal, the England U21 boss surely should have been able to orchestrate a win against Israel.

Despite Imminent Sacking, Stuart Pearce’s Entire England U-21 Tenure Wasn’t A Failure

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Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side has crashed out of the European Championships with a whimper. But it would be unfair to label Pearce's tenure a failure. Sometimes managers stay too long at the international level. It's a four year job at most, and Pearce overstayed his welcome at this level.

Euro U21s: England 1-3 Norway – Pearce’s Protégés Exit Finals With A Whimper (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 1-3 Norway UEFA Euro U21 Finals 8th June 2013

Stuart Pearce's England youngsters produced a feeble performance against Norway on Saturday, going down by a 3-1 scoreline, a result which sees them go out of the tournament with barely even a whimper.

Is this Stuart Pearce’s last chance with England?

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Stuart Pearce is under massive pressure following England's opening 1-0 defeat to Italy at the 2013 Under-21 European Championship.

Pearce is effectively coaching for his future with his contract due to expire at the end of the month and the FA likely to make a decision over whether to extend that deal based on how England perform in this tournament.

GIF It: Lorenzo Insigne’s free-kick winner (Italy U21 1-0 England U21)

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England under 21s suffered defeat in their opening European Championship match against Italy. On paper, it looked like the toughest match of the group for Stuart Pearce's side, and they were unable to get anything out of the game. A 79th minute free-kick from Napoli's Lorenzo Insigne was enough to secure victory for the Italians.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

The Rest

Sky Sports Pundit Makes Odd Claim About Benitez

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Former Magpies left-back Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports News today that he's not sure who can stop Newcastle, who went to Elland Road on Saturday afternoon and beat an in-form Leeds United side 2-0 in front of a sold-out stadium. Newcastle won with two goals from number 9 Dwight Gayle, who seems to be [.

12 Players Who Climbed From Non-League Football To The Premier League

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With Jamie Vardy currently the flavour of the week (that particular flavour being a subtle mix of WKD blue, ecstasyand two-stroke oil), we thought we'd tip our hat to a few of the other players who have hauled themselves from the non-leagues to the top table of English football at acomparablylate age.

Fulham in for Danny Rose

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Fulham in for Spurs' Danny Rose

In the 2012 Olympics GB manager Stuart Pearce a former left-back came to the conclusion that Ryan Bertrand, Neil Taylor and Danny Rose were all too good to leave out of his team. That they are all left-backs didn't trouble Stuart: he would fit them in regardless.

Valdes unlikely to return in 2014, Drexel and La Salle advance, US v Scotland previews, more

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John Hackworth expresses doubts that Carlos Valdes will return to the Union in 2014. Drexel and La Salle advance in conference playoffs. USA previews. Zlatan. More news.

Budweiser: Coach the Coaches

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How do you improve grass-roots football?

One of the best ways to ensure that is to train the coaches at lower levels, and when you have so little money available for the game at the lower level, personal time spent by elite coaches in grassroots football is very helpful.