Pearce: Plenty to be done
Stuart Pearce will be working hard with a new head of recruitment to bring 'a few new faces' into Nottingham Forest.
John Marshall has been drafted into the City Ground backroom team to help with the drive for quality additions.
Matty Fryatt, Lars Veldwijk and Louis Laing have already been added to the ranks, but new boss Pearce is aware of the need for further strengthening.
He is confident that he will receive the backing he needs from his board to make that happen and believes Marshall will have a crucial role to play over the coming weeks.
Pearce said in the Nottingham Evening Post: \"John worked at the FA, for as long as I was there, as a scout, at all the major tournaments.
\"I know him very well as an individual, he is a very trustworthy man. He has a massive knowledge base of the game and of players.
\"That is going to be vital to us. We let a number of players go in the summer and we need to recruit at this stage.
\"The chairman has been very helpful so far and I am sure that, going forward, he will be quite aware of the need to bring in a few new faces before the start of the season to realistically stage a decent challenge on the title.\"
While looking to add, Pearce will also be pressing ahead with a pre-season programme intended to have those already on his books in the best possible shape for the start of the 2014/15 campaign.
He added: \"We have tested the players over the last few days and I have sat with the conditioning coach to discuss things.
\"He has been very impressed with some of the figures we have had back.
\"I addressed the players on May 6, at the back end of the season, and told them what was expected of them as individuals. They have come back, to a man, in good condition.
\"It is a case of building on their good condition now and getting them to that first game of the season fully fit.
\"That is the trick of a pre-season, it is not about slogging them. It is making sure that, come the first game of the season, I have a squad to pick from that is fully fit and does not have too many injuries.\"