Stuart Pearce has large expertise as a participant and a coach, however admitted he forgot to call a goalkeeper in his first ever recreation as a supervisor.
Pearce performed greater than 700 instances as a participant, 522 of which got here at Nottingham Forest.
The 58-year-old, made an admission to talkSPORT concerning the time he was thrown into the place of participant/supervisor with the Difficult Bushes through the 1996/97 season.
Frank Clark had resigned in December 1996, resulting in the defender taking up as caretaker participant/supervisor.
His first recreation was in opposition to Arsenal and he agonised over his crew, earlier than an apparent flaw was identified.
“I used to be thrust right into a participant supervisor position at Nottingham Forest, I sat 4 hours on a Friday night time attempting to kind my crew out to play Arsenal the following day,” Pearce informed talkSPORT.
“After 4 hours of placing all of the names on a bit of paper, shuffling them round and shuffling formations.
“I got here up with a remaining squad and I sat again and stated ‘that’s my crew’. A set of eyes on the time stated ‘have you ever dropped Mark Crossley for this recreation?’
“I stated in fact not as he’s the goalie. They stated take a look at that 11 once more, there’s no goalkeeper.
“We received 2-1 the following day by the way in which.”
Forest got here again from 1-Zero down in that recreation to assert victory with Alf-Inge Haaland, father of Erling, scoring twice after Ian Wright’s opener.
Two months later Dave Bassett was appointed as supervisor, however that couldn’t cease Forest being relegated from the Premier League.