Not good enough or just unlucky? Pearce's management continues to divide opinion

Stuart Pearce

The Nottingham Forest boss has both loyal backers and fierce critics in equal measure.

The atmosphere among Nottingham Forest fans on social media last night was quite remarkable; rarely have there been two such strong camps for and against a manager.

Granted, every coach will split opinion and face pressure - but Stuart Pearce appears to have a bit of the marmite about him: you either love him or you hate him.

At Forest, Pearce is a legend. His reputation is untouchable and even his harshest critics acknowledge that.

As a manager, though, many are questioning the 52-year-old's ability - and not for the first time this term.

Yesterday's 1-1 stalemate with Leeds United was Nottingham Forest's 10th draw of the season - the joint-second highest tally of its kind in the Championship. It leaves Forest seven points off the play-offs - far from ideal so early in the campaign.

Pearce's side, of course, can count themselves unlucky - they had two goals disallowed for offside that both could have been given on another day. The performance from the home side, though, was still far from satisfactory.

And it is that kind of display that has led to criticism of the Forest boss. Many are displeased with his team selection and in-game decisions, while some point out that Forest's owners will not be patient enough to watch yesterday's kind of display too often with the club sitting in mid-table.

On the other hand, however, plenty of the Nottingham Forest faithful agree Pearce needs time and respect his past contribution to the club. The 52-year-old has been unlucky with injuries and, like yesterday, key decisions. Things can go one of two ways from here...

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