Pearce has hit out at Roberto Mancini’s men and the Premier League’s top players for not knowing what ‘real’ football is like.
Pearce said: “The top players don’t know how well they have got it sometimes. I had to scratch around for money at times at Portsmouth last season.
“I am still owed some money by Portsmouth and I know a lot of players from last season are as well.
“I am willing to take a percentage cut of that to help them out. I want to help them in any way I can but I don’t think little amounts like that would help them at the minute.
“And that is the difference between the Premier League and the rest of football. The problems they have got there are unbelievable and it is so sad to see. We had to take wage deferrals and some months we didn’t get paid, borrowing money to get by.
“I bet Manchester City’s players have never had to worry about things like that. It is a different world to what I’m used to. It is a different world they live in. They work hard for their money but they have to realise the fans who come and watch are paying their huge wages.
“That is why I think fans are entitled to their opinions in booing players and getting on their backs."