Stuart Pearce reveals the Premier League man key to Forest's success

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest should thank Burnley boss Sean Dyche for their early season success.

Having returned to the City Ground during the summer, club legend Stuart Pearce has led Forest to an unbeaten start to the Championship season, leaving them atop the table heading into matchday nine.

17 goals scored and yet to lose a game, Pearce has received universal acclaim for his work in the transfer window, with Britt Assombalonga, Michail Antonio and Michael Mancienne all starring since their arrivals in Nottingham.

As an uncompromising left-back, Pearce made over 400 appearances for Forest, working with Brian Clough, and the current boss revealed that he spoke to a fellow Clough devotee, and former Red, when formulating his plan for promotion to the Premier League - Burnley boss Sean Dyche.

Dyche started his career at the City Ground during Clough’s time with the club, although he failed to make a competitive appearance alongside Pearce in the defensive line, before a move to Chesterfield kick-started his career.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post, Pearce said: "I am not afraid to ask for advice; I am not afraid to talk to people. I used to work with Sean at Forest, so I know him. I am also not afraid to ask other managers for advice.

"I am not afraid to tell you that, because it makes sense to me.

"He has trod that path very successfully. If I can't ask him for advice about how he was a success in this division, who can I ask?

"I talked to Sean in the summer about how he handled the Championship during the course of a season. I have experience as a player in the Championship, but not as a manager. So I asked him how he went about things.

"He told me that the thing for them was that they gained momentum and kept a consistent team.”

Pearce has followed the same ideals, using a similar starting XI on numerous occasions, and refusing to use a second string in the early rounds of the League Cup. However, he gave a number of reserve players a chance to impress in the third round tie at Tottenham Hotspur, and despite the loss, he was impressed by the performance.

The former England man continued: "In the early rounds of the cup, they did not make too many changes, which helped them to build momentum. So we followed the same game plan. We won a tough game at Tranmere and we carried on. We wanted momentum.

"We arrived at Spurs having gained that momentum, in that first flurry of games. It was right and proper to give a few players a chance, who have been patient and waiting – and one thing is for sure, they did not let me down."

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