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"I spoke with (club ambassador) John McGovern and the chairman last week and said that, unless I could come through the door and be totally 100 per cent committed, it wouldn't be right or fair on the football club. I would not do it to this club. But everything will be Reebok Alien Stomper
A compromise was reached for him to begin in the role in the summer and for academy manager Gary Brazil Reebok Classic Leather Womens to continue on an interim basis for the remainder of the season. Forest, still chasing a play off place, face Millwall at the City Ground on Saturday.
However, with a club so close to his heart calling for him, he was persuaded by Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi to resurrect discussions.
Pearce turned down the job for personal reasons last week following initial talks.
"I need to gain the trust and then a reputation develops. Sometimes the perception I have goes before me. They think that I'm this tyrant that gets hold of players by the neck in the dressing room.
"But when you scratch under the surface and talk to players, people think, 'He's not really like that'."
"He was half of the opinion that I was going to come through the door and his mentality on the phone was fantastic.
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The former Manchester City and England Under 21 boss said: "Unless I could come through the door and be 100 per cent committed, it wouldn't be fair on the football club.
Stuart Pearce admits his reputation still sometimes precedes him but the incoming Nottingham Forest manager insists he has mellowed since the days that earned him the nickname 'Psycho'.
The former Forest captain remains a hero at the City Ground and he will make an emotional return in the summer after signing a two year contract to succeed Billy Davies.
"Relationships, like everything in life, need working on," said Pearce. "I don't know the chairman. Since before last Monday we have never met. It's down to me to build a relationship with him and him with me.
"For the chairman to come back to me (and offer the job for a second time) after that was a real big lift for me. It was a great opportunity."
Stuart Pearce claims to have mellowed since Nottingham Forest playing days
"The factors were two fold: one or two family issues, with my children, which need to be resolved between now and the summer. And above that there were so many commercial issues that I would have had to walk away from, commitments that I'd promised people I'd complete, and I'm not that way inclined.
"My on pitch persona is different to what I'm actually like now. What I was like as a player galvanised that reputation," said Pearce.
But the 51 year old insists he is much calmer now and nothing like he was as a player since he went into management.
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"But that's the same with me and my players. The man to man interactions are what makes you.
later we spoke again about coming in July.
"I take my time to get to know people. I won't be all over anyone from day one.
Pearce made over 500 appearances for the club as a player during a 12 year stay, twice winning the League Cup under Brian Clough. He also had a spell as caretaker boss during the 1996 97 season following the departure of Frank Clark.
with the Kuwaiti businessman.
The left back's tough tackling, no nonsense, passionate approach earned him his famous moniker.
"For him to accept my reasons for not taking the job and be so supportive, it took me back a bit.
in place come the summer.
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