In one of the most desperate moves in the history of football, the so-called ‘worst team in English football’, Longford AFC, have coaxed England and Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce out of retirement and into their defensive ranks, per The Guardian.
The former England defender won 78 caps for his country in a glittering career, playing most notably for Forest, before going on to manage Manchester City and England’s under-21s as well as a short and ill-fated spell in charge of Forest.
His final hurrah as a player, however, will be for Longford AFC, dubbed the worst team in the UK due to the fact that they sit bottom of the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League Division Two and have lost all 19 of their games this season, their first goal coming in a 9-1 defeat on 13 January.
They have managed to secure Pearce’s signature as part of a marketing campaign for Direct Line, but his experience may not be enough to turn around the fortunes of a team with a goal difference of minus 180, especially given his lack of pace and athleticism!
Pearce said he, “Jumped at the chance” to join the amateur club, citing the fact that “Grassroots is essential to the lifeblood of the game”.
When you’re on the sort of terrible run that Longford find themselves on, the logical thing is to try to shore up at the back, but bringing in a 53 year-old former international defender turned manager is perhaps one of the most desperate signings we can think of! It certainly tops Chelsea’s move for Alexandre Pato this month!
On the other hand, judging by his recent appearance as a pundit on Sky Sports, perhaps Pearce is just as desperate as Longford are these days. Maybe this is a match made in heaven!
Stuart Pearce sleeps in his suit and sellotapes his phone to his head in case he gets a call during the night pic.twitter.com/2aNPh7Ay3l
— The Football Ramble (@FootballRamble) January 23, 2016
Let’s hope Psycho doesn’t get too upset at conceding heaps of goals every week. You won’t like him when he’s angry….