Annoyed Pearce to seek answers
Stuart Pearce will seek answers as to why Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow were sold against his advice - but the Nottingham Forest manager insists the incident will not make him consider his position at the club he loves.
Straight-talking Pearce, a former Forest captain who played for the Reds for over a decade, found it difficult to disguise his annoyance after discovering the club's hierarchy had agreed to sell central defender Lascelles, 20, and goalkeeper Darlow, 23, to Newcastle in a deal thought to be worth around £7million.
Pearce only found out the moves were happening when Lascelles informed him he was travelling to the north east for a medical.
While the Reds boss plans to talk to chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, he insists he is as committed as ever to the club.
"This can be overcome," Pearce told the Nottingham Post. "But I am not prepared to fluff things when it comes to what was said and done behind the scenes. Two players were sold against my will.
"I am not prepared to walk away from this club, because I love the club too much and I love the fans.
"On top of that, I am enjoying working with the players and staff, a lot of whom we have brought in. I owe a loyalty to those people. So that (walking away) has never crossed my mind."
Pearce said he could only be honest with the fans about the situation, which saw the deal - which will see both players remain on loan at the Sky Bet Championship club for the 2014/15 season - agreed behind his back.
"If I get asked an honest question, I will give you an honest answer," he said. "It disappointed me. I would be lying if I said it didn't.
"I have to dust myself down and say 'right, okay, I know where I stand'.
"We have to improve our business sense and our relations. It is as simple as that. If it was my money, the boys would not have been sold.
"When it is out of my hands, there is not a lot I can do about it. All I can do is make a recommendation to people.
"I thought I could push their value up and that they would be worth more in the long run.
"The first I heard about things was when Jamaal told me that he had a medical at Newcastle. I would like to think that, somewhere down the line, they would back my knowledge, with respect of the amount of time I have been in the game.
"I don't know the financial constraints the club are working under. I plan to find that out, very soon. Then perhaps I can understand this decision.
"I don't want people looking at me, after I had been quoted as saying 'I don't want to sell our best young players'. I stand by that statement."
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