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Pearce wants gold for players

2 August 2012 23:17

Great Britain coach Stuart Pearce is targeting Olympic glory in a bid to be emulate his more illustrious fellow managers.

Pearce, 50, previously managed Manchester City with mixed results before taking England's Under-21s to the final of the European Championships.

Team GB defeated the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay, while also drawing with Senegal, to book a quarter-final with South Korea.

"At this moment in time as a manager I've won nothing, I feel as though I'm still learning," Pearce told reporters.

"When the dust settles, and you look at what Sir Alex Ferguson has won and what Arsene Wenger has won, and top managers in the world and you look at their CVs ... I'm desperate to win, even more so for the players than myself.

"I'd say I'm quite unassuming to when it comes to the accolades being thrown out, I'm not interested in that. I'd rather the players step forward and if they can go home with a medal in their pocket I'd be delighted."

Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs sat out Team GB's victory over Uruguay on Wednesday evening, but Pearce confirmed the skipper would be back in contention to face South Korea.

"He is certainly fit and available," he said.

"We trained this morning, including the players that didn’t feature or didn’t start. Ryan did the training with no problems at all, so he is up for selection again on Saturday, as are all the other players."

Team GB will take on South Korea at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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