Is Nottingham Forest boss Pearce already in danger of being sacked?

Stuart Pearce

Nottingham Forest slumped to yet another defeat tonight, and the pressure is piling on manager Stuart Pearce.

It all started so well for Nottingham Forest.

In the summer, former Forest left back Stuart Pearce made an emotional return to the City Ground having been appointed as the club's new manager, and with ambitious signings such as Michael Mancienne, Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga, the club looked set for a promotion push.

And after seven games, it appeared that they could well do it. With 17 points from the first seven games, Pearce had racked up five wins and two draws in an impressive unbeaten start.

The goals were flying in, the defence was solid, and confidence was flowing through all the players as Forest set the pace in the Championship.

Yet since the 5-3 demolition of Fulham, it's all unraveled. The following nine games have garnered just five draws and four defeats, with three coming in succession.

After losing 3-1 to Blackburn Rovers, Forest have now followed that up with a 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town on Saturday, and a 3-1 home thumping at the hands of newly-promoted Brentford.

That's nine goals conceded and just two scored in three games - and Forest fans are voicing their concerns on Twitter tonight.

Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi is hardly a stranger to firing managers. Since taking over the club in July 2012, Al Hasawi has sacked Steve Cotterill, Sean O'Driscoll, Alex McLeish and Billy Davies, whilst also replacing caretaker Gary Brazil with Pearce.

That leaves Pearce incredibly vulnerable even at this early stage of his reign, and having struggled hugely during his time as a manager with both Manchester City and the England Under-21's, he currently seems unable to stop the rot at the City Ground.

Having slipped to 11th place, this weekend's home fixture against Norwich is huge - as ten games without a win could put Pearce on the chopping block.

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