Andy Reid has admitted to talkSPORT that he regrets the way he behaved during his spell at Nottingham Forest under Stuart Pearce.
“I let Stuart down around the place, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) February 19, 2019
Reid spent five years at Forest between 2011 and 2016, making 262 appearances for the club.
Pearce spent under a year at the City Ground, between July 2014 and February 2015.
Reid started the first six games of the season under Pearce but sustained a serious groin injury against Derby County in September and missed the remainder of the season.
The former Republic of Ireland winger made his return in August 2015, with Pearce having already been long since sacked.
And Reid admits that he was not in the right frame of mind to support Pearce through his reign.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “I really struggled after I got injured, you know. I didn’t feel that I was probably going to make it back and I was struggling mentally at the time.
“In some ways, I probably let Stuart down a little bit around the place, because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind to maybe help him and I probably should have done it a little bit more.
“So I feel like I’ve probably let him down, as did a lot of people.”
After a sterling start to his tenure at Forest, Pearce struggled to keep the club’s form going.
A run of seven games unbeaten – including five wins – raised hopes of promotion to the Premier League.
However, following a 5-3 win over Fulham in September, Forest went nine games without a win, including five draws.
They never strung together more than three wins for the remainder of the season, even after Pearce’s departure, and finished the season in 14th, 19 points adrift of the play-offs.
Reid is being too hard on himself, then, to claim that he let Pearce down.
Forest’s form was largely down to the man in the dugout, not the winger on the treatment table.