Stuart Pearce is an ex-International footballer turned coach who forged a successful career both on and off the pitch with a uncompromising reputation for courage and attitude.
he started his career at non league Wealdstone F.C. but was one of the last generation of players to make the transgtion to a professional club, moving to Coventry City (then under Bobby Gould) and then Nottingham Forest (under Brian Clough). It was at Forest that his career took off, quickly becoming captain and a popular player in over a decade at the club, during which time he also made his England debut.
Quickly establishing himself as an uncompromising, professional part of the England team, Stuart’s first World Cup was the celebrated Italia 90 competition. The team reached the semi-finals against West Germany and hopes were high. The match was drawn and an infamous penalty shoot-out saw both Stuart and teammate Chris Waddle miss their spot kicks. An emotionally draining experience was laid to rest in the team’s next major tournament, Euro 96 where Stuart fought hard to retain a place in the squad. Another shoot-out in the quarter-final against Spain saw Stuart step up and score, and produced one of the most enduring images in English football as he celebrated in front of the Wembley crowd.
After spells at Newcastle United and West Ham, Stuart moved to the resurgent Manchester City, where he ended his playing days and took over from Kevin Keegan as manager. He was then appointed England Under-21 manager, guiding the team to a semi-final and a final in subsequent European competitions. He also took on a coaching role with the senior team. He went on to manage the Olympic team for the London 2012 games, as well as a return to Nottingham Forest.
An impressive playing résumé combined with his managerial successes has propelled Pearce into the world of event attending as an after dinner sports speaker, offering specialist insights as a football speaker.
In entertaining presentations, Stuart speaks about his varied career from electrician to World Cup star. He considers the lessons in dedication, motivation, leadership and teamwork he’s learned, as well as the importance of taking and sticking to hard decisions, such as not selecting David Beckham for the Olympic team.
Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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