BET­TER FOR PEARCE IF FOR­EST STAY DOWN

The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

AS a For­est fan, I’m sure Stu­art Pearce will want to see the Reds pro­moted. But as the man tasked with man­ag­ing them next year, I’m not so sure.

Pearce, who will take charge on July 1, is hardly a rookie. He spent two years in charge of Man City from 200507. He has man­aged the Great Bri­tain Olympic side and spent six years at the helm of the Eng­land U21s.

But none of that is prepa­ra­tion for a Pre­mier League rel­e­ga­tion bat­tle, which is what he would al­most cer­tainly face if For­est go up.

A new man­ager wants to learn about his play­ers, coach his own phi­los­o­phy. He wants to build from the ground up. And while he’s hardly young at 51, Pearce is still learn­ing his trade at club level.

That will be much eas­ier over 46 games of a Cham­pi­onship sea­son with one of the di­vi­sion’s best squads than scrap­ping for sur­vival as a min­now.

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