Exciting times to come at Forest

Monday 28th April 2014 11:58

Stuart Pearce: Will take over as Forest boss next season

Stuart Pearce: Will take over as Forest boss next season

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Nottingham Forest FanZoner Dan Mounser is looking forward to an exciting time at the club after what has been a real mixed bag of a season.

Despite yet another season drawing to a disappointing close for Nottingham Forest you get the feeling we are approaching an exciting new era.

It's been yet another turbulent season full of the good, bad and ugly but it's time to put the Billy Davies debacle to bed and look towards the future.

The return of a club legend, not to mention my personal hero Stuart Pearce, as manager is surely enough for even the most pessimistic of Reds fans to get excited.

I literally cannot wait for Pearce to walk out of the tunnel and salute the Forest faithful yet again.

There's no doubt that he will be inheriting the nucleus of a very good Championship side, albeit one that may be short on confidence following a disastrous run of form that saw us drop out of the play-off positions.

Despite back-to-back victories over Birmingham and Leeds over Easter, defeat at Bournemouth last weekend sealed our fate and ensures Pearce will take over a Championship side rather than a Premier League club.

This may not be a bad thing in the grand scheme of things however as another year in the Championship could ease the rebuilding process that is required both on and off the pitch. As much as the Premier League riches would have been nice for the coffers and help soften the blow of the pending Financial Fair Play regulations, I fear it would have made Pearce's job even tougher if he had been thrown into the limelight of the Premier League.

Hopefully he can get the Reds playing an attacking, passing style of football that Forest fans became accustomed to during his playing days under Brian Clough. He also needs time and patience from chairman and fans alike.

There arguably isn't another club in the Football League who needs stability more than us and his 12-year service as a player should command both patience and support.

Losing football matches happens at all levels but you need to stick together and work hard as players, staff and also fans to allow you to bounce back. I think all three have been guilty of not performing to their best in the current campaign.

From a fans perspective, I am happy to hear of a fans movement looking to bring some much needed atmosphere back to the City Ground by moving to the Lower Bridgford End. Hopefully this, along with the return of Pearce, can reignite the A-Block section of the ground and with these two areas rocking, it should become infectious therefore generating noise to other areas of the ground.

And with the right additions on the pitch in the summer, notably a prolific striker, I have no doubt in my mind that Forest will challenge next season. This will also be dependent on numerous other factors including good luck, lack of injuries, not falling foul to FFP, the players buying into Pearce's vision and way of playing and the supporters getting behind both the players and the manager during the darker times.

We can influence the latter and I know that I and many others will be looking forward to a new era and a much happier City Ground. If Pearce can inject even half of the pride and passion he showed during his playing days into the current players then we'll certainly be okay.

Come On You Reds.

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