Derby's Alex Pearce in action with Leeds' Luke Ayling
Derby County defender Alex Pearce has been speaking the club’s official website about the impact of new boss Steve McClaren, insisting that they will get better after every passing game under the former Newcastle and England manager.
Pearce, a full Republic of Ireland international, has played every minute of the Rams’ last seven matches and forced his way into the first team after having spent half of last season on loan at Bristol City.
Derby's Alex Pearce (right) in action at the weekend
But the 27-year-old was keen to emphasise the importance of McClaren’s style and how it suits this Derby side.
“We could see straight away when the new manager came in last week, despite having only a couple of days training, that he got us straight into it. We have worked a lot on playing out from the back, building our attacks and moving up the pitch through the thirds.
“That style suits this squad. We saw glimpses of that on Saturday and to pick it up so well in the short time that we did is credit to the squad.
“After a few more games, the confidence will continue to grow in the team and in what we are doing. We’re all buying into that and everyone will see the benefits of it.”
Derby's Alex Pearce (right) has enjoyed life under Steve McClaren so far
And, if what Pearce is saying is true, then McClaren could be set for a fruitful second stint at Derby. His first tenure, which came between 2013 and 2015, yielded little, however, he won over half of his games in charge and earned a move to the then-Premier League outfit Newcastle United.
Derby manager Steve McClaren