Former Manchester City boss and England legend Stuart Pearce has revealed his surprising strategy were he still be in charge of the Blues now.

Speaking exclusively to the man known affectionately as Psycho for his no-nonsense defending has given equally bullish opinions on City’s spending ethos that has seen them crowned league champions twice in recent seasons.

“You look at the squad and it’s been together for a number of years now at City. Primarily the first thing I’d do is something I did when I was at the club which is to ask ‘What have we got in the academy?’ Look to lads in the academy we could push through and improve as a team and maybe get some young blood coming in. Then on top of that get one or two marquee players who could really take the football club forward.”

His views may be given short shrift from many Blues who are looking forward to the possible arrivals of some of the world’s elite this summer as they see the club’s FFP restrictions finally lifted.

Pearce was speaking ahead of this week’s Under 21 Euro Championships where he candidly previews England’s chances and looks back on his six years in charge.

Read the full interview here.