Former Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce revealed last month that he feels the Championship is by far the worst division for any new manager to embrace.
His comments are a warning to new Derby County manager Paul Clement who has taken on the challenge of trying to achieve what Steve McClaren couldn’t and get the club promoted into the Premier League.
“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.
Derby need to give Clement their full backing and give him a fair chance at achieving a top six finish, which will likely be the minimum expected of him by the club’s board.
They need to resist the urge of getting too fidgety over the start of the season, if Clement’s side are inconsistent and can’t get off to a good start, conceding ground to some of the teams they will be battling against to go up.
It will be difficult because Clement will be backed in the transfer market, potentially over some big money deals, which creates pressure because of that extra faith which has been shown in his ability.
Over the course of a long season, every team goes through a difficult patch and a negative run of form, which tests the relationship between the manager and the people who put him there.
He is a very experienced coach and needs to learn on the job in terms of what it takes to get the best out of a team in a very competitive league.