Nottingham Forest great Stuart Pearce back in the Portsmouth fold

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Stuart Pearce has returned to the Pompey fold.

The former England defender was back at the Blues’ training ground on Thursday offering assistance to friend Kenny Jackett.

Kenny Jackett, left, and Stuart Pearce. Picture: Joe Pepler

Kenny Jackett, left, and Stuart Pearce. Picture: Joe Pepler

Pearce spent time at Pompey on an ad hoc basis early last season, before taking up the assistant manager’s role to David Moyes at West Ham in November 2017.

At the time, Jackett had praised the former Manchester City man’s Blues input on the training pitch, particularly his work with defenders.

Having left West Ham in the summer, Pearce has now increased his co-commentary workload with talkSPORT.

However, he has also renewed his Fratton Park links.

Jackett said: ‘He has always been around, whichever club I’ve been at to be fair, he’s someone who is a friend.

‘Stuart has seen one or two of our games, he was at the Spurs under-21s game, and around his very busy work commitments comes in and keeps in touch.

‘He’s an interesting person, someone I know very well and trust. You can use his expertise and sometimes an opinion from the outside can help you.

‘If he’s got a job or is working directly then he tends to come down less. Stuart has a lot of media commitments, but he does come down, is around and watches a game or two here or there, along with sessions.

‘He’s somebody that is a close friend first and foremost. I respect his opinion, we can help each other.’

Pearce’s coaching career also includes managing England under-21s, overseeing Great Britain’s football team at the 2012 Olympics and a spell as Nottingham Forest boss.