Former Nottingham Forest man Andy Reid has told talkSport that he let Stuart Pearce down when he was the manager of the club.
The Republic of Ireland international played 262 times for the Reds across two different spells.
One of the best of his generation, Reid was a firm fan favourite on the banks of the River Trent.
Pearce was in charge of Forest for the first half of the 2014/15 campaign and Reid holds regrets over that period.
He told talkSport: “I let Stuart down around the place, I wasn’t in the right frame of mind.
“I struggled to come to terms with the fact that I probably wouldn’t play football again.”
Reid hobbled off during a 1-1 draw with Derby County in September 2014 and would never play for the club again.
These comments from Reid naturally left Forest fans jumping to his defence, following a good City Ground career.
The man with a wand of a left-foot did take to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying:
To clarify a bit,I feel I let him down in the fact I couldn’t influence the dressing room in a positive way enough,partly because I was injured and not able to have that influence and because I was struggling mentally to deal with my injury,I’ve got so much respect for Stuart.
— Andy Reid (@AndyReidXI) February 19, 2019
It is fair to say that the consensus among supporters is that Reid never let anyone down at Forest.
The man who netted 38 goals for the Reds always gave his all for the club and developed a firm rapport with supporters.
A perfect scenario would have been for Pearce to lead the Reds into the Premier League, with Reid providing the creative force behind such a season.
Things didn’t transpire that way and after a good start, the Reds fell away and Pearce lost his job.
Reid had an exceptional career in English football and were it not for injury problems he would have played even more than the 396 appearances he did manage.
The man with 29 Ireland caps played for Sunderland, Charlton, Spurs, Sheffield United and Blackpool, proving hugely popular with supporters of those clubs.
Reid might well feel that he let Pearce down, but for fans of a certain age, the word legend is fully justified.