Nottingham Forest legend Stuart Pearce suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, June 6) that Derby County should not have sacked Paul Clement.
Derby dismissed Clement as their head coach in February, having appointed him in the role at the start of the 2015-16 season.
When Clement was dismissed, Derby were fifth in the Championship table and were still in the running for a top-two finish.
Former Forest defender and manager Pearce has criticised the Rams for sacking Clement during the course of the season.
The Englishman, though, has backed newly-appointed Derby boss Nigel Pearson to be a success at the iPro Stadium, although he believes that the club need to make signings in the summer transfer window in order to clinch promotion to the Premier League.
“I couldn’t believe the sensibility in changing the manager as they have done during the season,” said Pearce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Monday morning (broadcast from 6am, June 6).
“But they have done that. Nigel knows what it takes to get teams out of that division. Great acquisition.
"Good makings of a club, but probably need to add two or three players to what they have got to actually give that final push.”
Given Pearce’s association with Forest both as a player and as a manager, some Derby fans could suggest that he was taking a dig at the club by criticising their decision to sack Clement.
However, one has to agree with Pearce. True, the football that the Rams were playing under Clement was not great, but the Englishman should have been given the chance to try to get the team out of the bad spell at the time.
Clement’s reputation has not been tarnished at all due to the dismissal by Derby, who failed to get promoted to the Premier League and will feature in the Championship next season.
Pearson is indeed a very good managerial appointment, but would Derby sack him if the team go through a bad run midway through the 2016-17 campaign?