Stuart Pearce Gutted As Nottingham Forest Sell Two Players To Newcastle Against His Advice
Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce has come out publicly and said the first he knew about the sales of his two star players, was Monday morning when defender Jamaal Lascelles came and told him he was off to Newcastle for a medical.
Ex-United defender Pearce, also revealed that he was asked his opinion last week about whether Forest should sell the players and made clear to owner Fawaz Al Hasawi, that there was no way he would sell Lascelles and keeper Karl Darlow.
The Forest manager believed he could develop the pair into not only better players but also far more valuable future assets to the club.
The only silver lining Stuart Pearce can see is that he will be getting the two players back on loan for this coming season.
“We had an offer from Newcastle, that I was made aware of last week, in regards to the two players going there.”
“The figures that were mentioned, by the representative of our club – I said I wouldn’t do that deal, when I was asked the question.
“I thought I could push their value up and that they’d be worth more in the long run.
“The first I heard today about things was when Jamaal Lascelles came in and told me that he had a medical at 2pm at Newcastle – that disappointed me greatly.”
“I think I have a good relationship with the club but obviously, for whatever reason, they have decided to take the money on this occasion.
“I don’t agree with it butut the only olive branch I have got is that the boys are both coming back on a year loan, which is a bonus.
“However, I felt that if they’d stayed at the club, they would only have increased in value.”
The media in Nottingham are pricing the deal at around £7m for the pair, though undoubtedly there will be a sell-on clause included in both cases you’d imagine.
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