The controversial comments made by Danny Mills about Stuart Pearce and his management style was as opinionated as it was ineffective.
Mills took a swipe at the Nottingham Forest manager, who was described as “tactically not very good” and “motivationally poor” on BBC’s Final Score.
The former Manchester City right-back indeed may have been correct in his summation given he knows Pearce, who was his mentor for two years between 2005-2007.
However, it’s unlikely that Pearce will be affected by the 37-year-old’s words, and he will continue to believe in his own strategies, tactics as he attempts to turn Forest’s season around.
The Daily Mail’s Adrian Durham believes that Mills directed his comments at Pearce after the former England under 21 head coach dropped him from the Manchester City line-up, and he deepened allegiances further by stating that Pearce never believed in Mills’ ability.
Pearce revealed all after his Forest side beat Derby. He’d dropped Mills when manager at Manchester City – hence the revenge. Stuart Pearce isn’t the only person who didn’t rate Danny Mills, believe me.
Pearce himself responded to Mills last Saturday:
I know Danny very well, I worked with him at Manchester City, I put Micah Richards in the team in front of him. My respect goes to people like Steve McClaren, Tony Pulis and Harry Redknapp, people who have spent thousands of hours in the dugout.
The 52 year-old had just masterminded an impressive 2-1 away win at high flying Derby County, stopping a run of eight games without a win which included a disappointing FA Cup exit to Rochdale.
Now, many would have thought Mills’ war of words would be the catalyst for the downfall, certainly now the details have become public knowledge, his players undoubtedly reading, watching and listening to on the various media platforms.
Pearce was already under increasing scrutiny with his management style supposedly ‘being found out’, and in many ways, it has become a similar scenario to that of David Moyes at Manchester United – players underperforming, not committed to the cause and whispering behind his back.
However, unlike the Scottish manager, it is unlikely that Pearce will become sacked after eight months, he is too endeared to the Forest faithful, and the Derby victory shows he is at least making headway in galvanising his troops in the wake of Mills’ comments.
Known as “Psycho” for good reason, Pearce is has a very strong personality, but does not let the media overwhelm him, unlike Mills who even though he is not afraid to speak without caution, does not always think of the consequences of his intended actions.
Pearce has shown he can come back from a setback after missing a penalty in the 1990 World Cup semi-final in Turin, and if Mills had hoped that this would be the end of a club legend at the City Ground, it now seems to have had an undesired effect, not only on his former manager, but upon himself and the football club.