Nick Miller: Let's start at the end, before any real discussion: should Stuart Pearce stay as Forest manager?
David Marples: To be brutally honest, I keep changing my mind. Essentially, I would have taken mid table this season under Pearce back in those heady August days and then see how his second season panned out. But this....Saturday...and that's not knee-jerk. It's been like this for a while, even arguably back in August at Bournemouth and at Hillsborough.
If you want to present a (pseudo) logical case for him to stay, over the past few years we've tried most things, from chucking money at the problem, to promoting youngsters, to changing managers with no clear line of thinking and with wildly different approaches and characters following each other. The one thing we haven't tried is sticking with someone for a bit to see if they eventually figure it out. I know I've said before that stability on its own is not a good enough reason to stay with someone, but I say give him until the end of the season. Of course, I may change my mind next week...
The main issue with getting rid of Pearce is that we are under transfer embargo, meaning a new manager can't bring players in. So the argument goes that we might as well give him time with this squad.