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Summary

  1. Stuart Pearce leaves Nottingham Forest
  2. Pearce offered another role at the club
  3. FT: Arsenal 5-0 Aston Villa
  4. Giroud, Ozil, Walcott, Cazorla and Bellerin

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By Marc Higginson and Phil Dawkes

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Goodnight

On that note, it's time for me to bale out. Of course, there's still plenty of football to tide you over to tomorrow's transfer deadline day shenanigans.

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Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce has been feeling the pressure for a while. A 2-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday last month prompted Pearce to describe Forest's slump as the "hardest period of my management and coaching career".

He said at the time: "I do have the confidence that we can turn this around. The nature of football is so volatile that things can change very quickly. We need a victory and we need one soon, to turn our fortunes around at this time. I am more disappointed for the fans than myself."

Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce leaves Forest 12th in the Championship, 13 points adrift of the play-off places. He won 10 games out of 31, with 10 draws and 11 losses in all competitions. Their next match is a trip to Brighton.

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Pearce leaves Forest

Dan Langan: I love anagrams (see 18:51). Another one for Stuart Pearce is 'Past Creature'.

JavelBleach: Please hire Danny Mills to manage Nottingham Forest. Can't go wrong, he's got a point to prove! I'd love to see them swap roles!

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Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce has lasted just seven months at Forest, which seems so little time considering how much the club courted him. The wanted him to take over towards the end of last season, but he declined because of other commitments. The club wanted him so much, they waited for him but it has just not happened for him this season.

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Pearce leaves Forest

Chris: As a Derby fan I thought Pearce had lasted a lot longer than previous managers with worse records. As Danny Mills pointed out, he gets found out.

Kevin in Hornchurch: Very disappointing that Pearce can't cut it as a manager, just like many very good players before him; Robson, Hoddle, Gullit, Ince and others. Danny Mills criticising Pearce is unbelievable though. Danny who? What credentials does he have? Not fit to lace Pearce's boots.

Max, Milton Keynes: Writing was on the wall for psycho after the Milwall game. With the track record our owner has of sacking managers I'm surprised it didn't happen sooner. Pearce will always be a Forest legend though.

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Pearce leaves Forest

What do you think about Pearce being offered an "alternative role" at the club, Forest fans?

Pearce leaves Forest - confirmed

Nottingham Forest have

released the following statement on their official website: "After long discussions between owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi and manager Stuart Pearce, the club has decided that Stuart will be relieved of his role as manager with immediate effect.

"Mr Al Hasawi has offered Stuart an alternative role at the club, which he is currently considering.

"The club will be making no further comment at this time."

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Pearce leaves Forest

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Over on BBC Radio 5 live, 606 is in full swing. Lines are open and Ian Wright and Kelly Cates are taking your calls.

Walid, a Nottingham Forest fan, says: "I have absolutely no idea where we go from here."

Chris, another Forest fan, says: "I'm not surprised but I'm disappointed. We should have given him more time."

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Tricks of the agents' trade

And allow me, for one final time, to plug my feature on agents and their involvement on transfer deadline day. Here's a little taster if you've not read it already:

Football agent David Seligman says: "If you're a player at a club and you're always giving away your boots, shirts and signed stuff, the fans will love you. Becoming a fans' favourite gives you more power, it helps when you're negotiating a new contract.

"Also, you can go to a club on a commercial level and say 'Look, I've got 20,000 followers on Twitter and you can put promotions out via my Twitter feed. That can aid the club, and in return I want an extra £100 a week.' That's a more innovative term in a contract.

While we await more news from the City Ground, let me once again tell you about BBC Sport's transfer deadline day plans. It's all detailed

here, but the jist of it is that we'll be across everything online, on TV and radio, and on social media. We'll get things rolling with a dedicated live text from 07:00 GMT. You won't even have had your cornflakes and we'll be pulling in all the latest news.

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Pearce leaves Forest

James Keeling: Stuart Pearce never transferred the passion he had as a player into his management. He couldn't motivate a talented squad of players.

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Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Southampton manager

Ronald Koeman, on Twitter: "Very disappointing defeat for #saintsfc Although we started comfortable, in second half we lost dominancy and Swansea used their chance well."

Pearce leaves Forest

Still no official word from the club about Stuart Pearce's departure, but already names are being thrown into the ring as to a potential successor. One of those is former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu, whose last managerial assignment was in Qatar.

Pearce leaves Forest

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A split picture of Stuart Pearce
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"'Stuart Pearce' is an anagram of 'Teacup Starer'."

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

More from Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC Sport: "We could have done better in the first half, but at half-time I said let's get through this quarter of an hour and they will get frustrated and we will get our chances. If anything we could have got another on the counter towards the end. All in all tactically we did everything exactly right. We can't always be playing the nice passing and flowing football which we try to promote. But we thoroughly deserved the three points."

On potential transfers: "We have got our targets and made the chairman and the board well aware of them. It is up to them now to do those deals if they are possible."

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

More from Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to BBC Sport: "We had such a good start to the season but we always knew this month would be tough for us. We have had injuries, suspensions, players away on international duty, I'm not making excuses but that is the way it is. We've been through a difficult moment, but we had a gameplan today. It was about getting back to basics. Use the ball when we could, they are in the Champions League spots, so it was never going to be easy. The emphasis was on them to attack and I thought we used that very well. Jonjo's goal deserved to win any match.

Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce was restricted in the transfer market this month because of a transfer embargo, given for breaching Financial Fair Play rules. The impact of the sanction was analysed by BBC Radio Nottingham's Colin Fray in December.

"Few people can claim to be surprised by the Football League transfer embargo imposed on Nottingham Forest," wrote Fray. "It has been coming for months.

"And, though owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has previously claimed to have been unconcerned by Financial Fair Play, his club, his ownership and his manager will now be severely tested."

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Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce
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Here's a bit more background on Stuart Pearce. The 52-year-old returned to the club last summer on a two-year contract, but a run of six defeats in seven games has ended his time in charge.

A former Forest captain and ex-England international, Pearce spent 12 years at the club as a player and had a brief spell as caretaker-manager in 1997.

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to BBC Sport: "We are very frustrated. I think the most lucky team won today. We played well in the first half, but if you don't score it is always difficult. We created chances, had a lot of possession, pressed them, but then you have to score. If you don't then it is always more difficult in the second half. We have to keep going. Still we are in a very good position in the league and one defeat will not change that feeling.

"Maybe in the second half we lost a bit of control and that is a pity because we didn't deserve to lose today. Maybe we lacked a little bit of sharpness in the box at the end of the game, even 10 against 11 we still had some good chances."

On the sending off of Ryan Bertrand: "In my opinion it is not a red card. The sanction is too heavy. If we can appeal then we will yes."

On potential transfers: "I think tomorrow we will have at least one player, I think we need that. I don't answer questions about names. But you will know it tomorrow."

'Can we play you every week?' - Pearce leaves Forest

It was perhaps said as tongue in cheek, but it was nonetheless damning when Millwall manager Ian Holloway said he wanted to play Forest every week following yesterday's match at the City Ground.

"I wish I could play here every week, I think that is my fourth win on the bounce at Forest as a manager,"

said Holloway after his team won for the first time in nine games.

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Garry Monk
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Swansea manager Garry Monk on the sending off of Ryan Bertrand: "It didn't look great at the time, it was more his trailing leg and his two feet were off the floor. Whether he made contact with the ball or not, and whether it's a red I'm not sure. I just thought it was a bad tackle."

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Swansea manager Garry Monk, speaking to Sky Sports: "Tactically we had a good gameplan. We knew there would be moments when we had to defend and overall we frustrated them. We took our chances when we got them and all in all we can be happy. With this win we are back on track, and what a terrific strike from Jonjo Shelvey. That was enough to win any game.

"We knew we would not have the lion's share of possession but we had a plan to hold our shape and then break when we could. Tactically we got it spot on and the boys thoroughly deserved the three points. In the first half we maybe gave them too much respect but in the second we had a lot more of the ball. We really worked our socks off, we passed it well and we took our chances when we could."

Pearce leaves Forest

Fawaz Al Hasawi
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The Nottingham Post

are reporting that Pearce left this afternoon after having talks with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi. He had overseen just three wins in 21 games in the Championship. And they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Rochdale.
You can see highlights of that here.

Pearce leaves Forest

Did you see Danny Mills's criticism of Stuart Pearce a few weeks back?

If not, watch it here.

Mills says: "Pearce always starts well but goes off the boil. He is very predictable.

"After 10 games people work him out. He gets teams going but after a while, players aren't stupid, they're not naive and they start to suss him out. He doesn't have the depth of football ability to back it up.

"Actually, he is not a great coach, he's not a great tactician, he's not a great motivator and he struggles with big players who question his authority."

Pearce leaves Forest

After a great start to the season, Nottingham Forest have had a terrible run of form. They have not won at the City Ground since early November and remain 12th, 13 points from the play-off places.

Pearce leaves Forest

Stuart Pearce
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Wow, what do you make of that Forest fans? Was the time right for Pearce to leave? Still a club legend?

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Nottingham Post on Twitter: BREAKING NEWS: Stuart Pearce has this evening left Nottingham Forest.

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on the sending-off of Ryan Bertrand: "It was in front of my view and I saw, but in my opinion it isn't a red card. He touched the ball, OK, maybe a yellow card. If we feel it is not we can't accept this, because it isn't a red card."

Manager reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Ronald Koeman
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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, speaking to Sky Sports: "We are disappointed. We were a bit unlucky because we did a lot of good things. We played well in the first half, had some good chances, but you know if you do not score you see what happens in the second half. We were less controlled and had less domination. OK it was a good goal from them but I think the luckiest team won today. They came for one point but got three points. OK we have to accept that.

"Even with 10 players we had good chances to make at least a draw, which would have been deserved."

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Is Jonjo Shelvey something of a rough diamond? He scored the winning goal and also struck the post, but his pass completion rate of 68% was lower than every single Southampton player bar Graziano Pelle (60%). Poor for a midfielder? Or are the stats deceiving?

Player reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Ashley Williams
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Swansea defender Ashley Williams speaking to Sky Sports: "The team worked so hard for the full 90 and it was a brilliant strike from Jonjo. As a centre-half you love a clean sheet. We have a lot of injuries and a few new guys coming in, but you saw the way we wanted to play the game, the commitment we had, and we deserved the three points. This is a tough place to come. When you have had a bit of a wobble you need something like that to get back on track. We work so hard to prepare for each game, we wanted to do ourselves justice."

Player reaction

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, speaking to Sky Sports: "I just took the geezer on and thought why not hit it? I have been told to shoot a bit more. I think the 'keeper got a touch, but it was a great strike. The most important thing is the three points. We started off a bit shaky but in the second half we grew into it."

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Andy C: Swansea will not be able to believe their luck. They were very poor. Southampton simply cannot finish.

Football League

There's still some football to be played before we can wrap this weekend. Walsall and Gillingham are about to do battle in League One.

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Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Former England manager Graham Taylor

BBC Radio 5 live at St Mary's Stadium

"Southampton have only themselves to blame for this defeat. They should have taken much better advantage of all the possession they had in the first half. They didn't and they have paid for it."

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

So, today's results mean Southampton have been reeled in by Arsenal and both sit on 42 points. Swansea are ninth and looking forward instead of over their shoulders.

Southampton 0-1 Swansea
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Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Textbook stuff from Swansea. They've done a job on Southampton.

Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Nathan Dyer picks up the ball and heads for the corner. Swansea playing for time now.

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Southampton 0-1 Swansea

Bertrand argues with Monk over his sending off
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Ben Johnson: Harsh on Ryan Bertrand. Poor tackle but not malicious. Yellow was fair. Ref with another dodgy decision this season.

Cameron Laws: Spot on Michael Oliver. That's a disgusting tackle. Knee height and he's scissored the player. Should be more than a three game ban in my opinion.

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