The show’s host Alan Brazil, asked Pearce a direct question over whether he felt frustrated that the same group of players who struggled under him, had started performing for Dougie Freedman and this was his reply;
“I was the 17th manager out of 24 to get released of their duties in the season and that was in January,” said Pearce.
“I think confidence plays a massive part in the Championship – it gets very nervous, anyone can go on a decent run – it’s a very fragile league heaped with pressure.”
“There’s over expectation at probably 18 clubs in the league because everyone is expecting to be in the play-offs.”
Pearce’s comments seem to suggest he felt very aware of the magnitude of what was going on around him at the club considering his position.
His comments also suggest that Freedman deserves a pat on the back because of how he’s got the team playing, with a sense of freedom created through his arrival.
It’s also reasonable to suggest that the players naturally lifted their performance levels because of a new manager coming in.
Any new manager coming in at a club needs to review a side and it’s a good opportunity for players to get a chance when they have been struggling and things can change quickly as the situation with regards to Robert Tesche has demonstrated.
The message Freedman is likely to have given his players is forget about the play-offs, forget about the pressure and let’s try to win some games of football.
That’s not too dissimilar to what Pearce is likely to have been saying, but Freedman is the man who’s been in place to take advantage of that upturn in confidence that Pearce was trying to create.
Pearce will be back in the game at some point, it just didn’t work out for him this time round.