Pearce suggested that there are a group of clubs in the Championship, where the fans expect the side to be competing for a place in the top six, thus putting pressure on the manager and players in question.
“I’m looking at clubs outside the top six, where fans would have an expectation of being inside it before the start of the season – Blackburn fans would be, Forest fans definitely, Cardiff, Leeds, Bolton, Fulham, probably Reading and Brighton on the off chance,” he said.
Among those clubs, Forest, Leeds and Blackburn all have the infrastructures needed to become a Premier League team, while the others have all been Premier League clubs in the past.
It’s not unreasonable to expect them to be challenging, but the Championship is a very competitive league and one of the most difficult to call around Europe each season.
The progress of Forest and Leeds this season has certainly not been in line with what either of those clubs would expect and they should be stronger candidates to go up with good summers and pre-seasons behind them.
Forest fans will always put the right amount of pressure on their manager because they are one of England’s great clubs, with a very long and rich history.
Leeds fans have had to suffer a lot of adversity in the recent past and it will be interesting to see if they are any better off in the league next year.