Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi took the decision to bring former left back Stuart Pearce back to the club as manager this summer, and after the arrivals of Michael Mancienne, Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga, things looked up for Forest.
And after picking up 17 points from the first seven games, Forest were flying. Prolific whilst solid at the back, Pearce appeared to have moulded genuine promotion candidates.
However, the following nine games have only earned Forest five points, with three consecutive defeats after last night's 3-1 home thumping at the hands of Brentford.
That followed on from 3-1 and 3-0 defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town, and with problems at both ends of the pitch, the pressure is piling on manager Pearce.
Some fans are already calling for Pearce to be sacked, but Forest midfielder Chris Cohen has pleaded for time, saying that Pearce is the best man for the job.
"Most of the teams who have done well through history are those who have stuck with people; particularly good people like the manager we have here," said Cohen. "He is a man with the club's best interests at heart."
"I am sure the chairman wants to do that (stick with the manager). I can see the manager having a really long reign here. It is all about structure. Every good club has stability," he continued.
"I am not aware of too much negativity. But negativity comes with results in football. That is what comes when you do not win for eight games – everyone feels pressure, players, staff and everyone else.
"But there is no question that he is the right man for the job, he has the best interests of the club at heart and has put together a fantastic squad of players," added the currently injured star.