Stuart Pearce: Why Forest and Leeds will struggle for promotion next season

Stuart Pearce

Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce suggested that his old side, Leeds United and Blackburn are among the sides that will struggle to go up next year.

Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce explained on the Colin Murray Show for talkSPORT why he feels it’s going to be difficult for some teams to get promoted out of the Championship.

Pearce suggested that his old side Forest, Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers would all struggle looking ahead to next season because of the transfer embargo status, which surrounds each club.

“The manager is seen as the weak point – the likes of Forest, Leeds and Blackburn who are all under embargoes, for them it’s doubly difficult to get out of the league – The message for a young manager is avoid the Championship,” said Pearce.

Pressure is on the likes of Dougie Freedman, Neil Redfearn and Gary Bowyer because they can’t throw cash at simple transfer deals to improve their squads this summer.

They have to go about things in a more measured and subtle approach, with Redfearn arguably in the worst position at Leeds United, because of the recruitment system at Elland Road.

There are options but negotiating for free agents and loan deals is more difficult because of the increased number of sides interested, with the less likely demand of a fee from the side looking to ship a player out on loan.

All three clubs have the infrastructure of sides that could cope in the Premier League and it will be interesting to see how they go about improving to ensure they get off to a good start and hit the ground running at the beginning of the 2015/2016 campaign.

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