Pearce suggested that there is a culture of over expectation at big clubs in the second flight of English football, which is created by the pressure to break into the Premier League and everything that goes along with it.
“The Championship is by far the worst – Over expectation and chasing the holy grail of the finances of the Premier League – at Forest we were undefeated by October and by the end of January I’ve lost my job because of the pressure of getting into the play-offs,” said Pearce.
Current Forest manager Dougie Freedman did a very good job of stopping the decline which had started to develop under Pearce’s tenure, but the club have ultimately still missed out on their main objective this season, which would have been at least a play-off place.
Pearce may well have turned things around had he been kept on, but Forest made a decision, which could still turn out to be the right one if Freedman is backed and improves the squad at the club over the summer.
Whether Forest are setting their sights too high is debatable because the club has a lot going for it in terms of the Premier League; the support base is good, the stadium is good and the infrastructure currently in place could cope.
It’s important that Forest pull through the period where they are hampered by the transfer embargo, which currently hangs over them but the play-offs is more of a realistic aim for next season than it is unrealistic.