Nottingham Forest's Stuart Pearce doesn't feel under pressure

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Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce does not fear for his job, but admits that the number of changes in the Championship has been 'ludicrous'.

Stuart Pearce has told Sky Sports that he does not fear for his job at Nottingham Forest and insists that everyone involved with the club continues to pull in the right direction.

Forest have endured an alarming slump in form, with two wins secured in their last 20 games in all competitions.

With a crucial clash with old adversaries Derby County next up on Saturday, Pearce knows he has to start delivering.

He maintains that he is not feeling the pressure, but is also aware that the number of his fellow Championship bosses have been relieved of their respective duties this season.

He considers the short-term vision of others to be ‘ludicrous’, but is confident that he can avoid becoming another ‘statistic’.

Pearce told Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday: “You feel under pressure if you fear losing your job, and I’ve never feared losing any job that I’ve ever had. I have never given it a second thought.

“How football is, if we beat Derby 5-0, maybe Steve (McClaren) will lose his job on Monday. You never know, that’s professional football. It’s a volatile profession, and a Championship manager is a volatile profession.

“I was told that 16 managers have changed in this league since the start of the season and that in itself is a ludicrous statistic. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a ludicrous statistic. There are also some managers where clubs have shown real loyalty and been successful in the long run.

“It’s not something you can give a lot of thought to, you just carry on, do your job accordingly. There is enough pressure on a football manager without looking over your shoulder and worrying. I have got an owner, a set of fans and a set of players that are desperate for us all, collectively, to be successful.”

Pearce inherited the managerial reins at the City Ground in the summer of 2014 and enjoyed a bright start to life back in surroundings where he enjoyed so much success as a player.

He has, however, seen Forest slip 10 points off the pace in the race for a top-six finish in the Championship.

A play-off spot is still there to be shot at but Forest, who are working under a transfer embargo during the current window, need to turn the corner quickly if they are to start dreaming of a Premier League return again.

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