Pearce wants to see City spend
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Stuart Pearce believes Manchester City need to loosen the purse-strings next season.
Stuart Pearce has told his Manchester City paymasters they will have to loosen the purse-strings next season if the club are to improve their league position.
A three-game unbeaten run has given City some much needed breathing space at the bottom of the table and now Pearce has turned his attentions to next season's campaign.
City have suffered chronic shortcomings up front in recent months and the Eastlands chief is hoping to bring in a number of new faces if, as expected, the club secure their top flight status in the next seven games.
However, Pearce has warned that the City board will have to abandon their frugal approach and entrust him with more transfer funds if the club are to improve their stature in the Premiership.
"Over the last two years, we have tightened our belts and steadied the ship financially," said Pearce.
"Now, in the summer, we will probably need to speculate a little bit more and say right, we are going to improve the squad.
"There is a lot of ability in the squad at the moment. We probably need to add two or three players in key positions to really drive us forward."
One player who could be leaving Eastlands is defender Sylvain Distin as the Frenchman's current deal expires at the end of the season and he has shown little inclination to sign a new contract.
However, Pearce has rejected suggestions that Distin's performances have suffered as a result of the speculation regarding his future.
"When people suggest to me Sylvain will take his eye off the ball because of contractual issues, they don't know him," Pearce added.
"Together with Richard Dunne, he is a colossus in our team.
"They are the ones who give us a platform. They play every game. They enjoy playing with each other and they have a great deal of respect throughout this football club."