BETTER FOR PEARCE IF FOREST STAY DOWN
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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