Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett today denied making an approach to appoint Stuart Pearce to his backroom staff.
Pearce claimed at a sporting dinner held at Molineux last week that Jackett had asked him to join his coaching team in the summer. But the former England Under-21 coach said he would have only gone in as a manager.
The pair worked together briefly at Manchester City in 2007 when Pearce was manager and Jackett reserve-team boss.
But Jackett flatly denied Pearce’s claims and insisted his loyal lieutenant from Millwall Joe Gallen was his first choice No.2.
“I haven’t approached Stuart Pearce to come on the coaching staff at all,” said Jackett.
“I couldn’t see Stuart being a coach in League One. It’s an unusual one. I don’t know where that came from.
“It seems a strange one to me because he doesn’t seem to be right for that role in League One.”
Jackett said 40-year-old Gallen, who was his long-term assistant at the New Den, was always his preferred coach to work with.
“If it was possible, he was always my choice to come in with me in whichever role was available – he was the main one,” he said.
“If he’d have been kept on by Millwall, it might have changed things because then you’re entering into the realms of compensation.
“But he was told pretty early on ‘don’t come back for pre-season’. They had a new manager (Steve Lomas) bringing in his own staff.
“But if I made the right recommendations to (head of football operations), Kevin Thelwell, (chief executive) Jez Moxey and (chairman) Steve Morgan, Joe would have a chance of coming in.”