Nigel Pearson has talked about his former club Newcastle after our good 2-0 win at Pride Park yesterday, although it was another tough game and that had been expected.
In fact Newcastle are expecting a tough game in almost every single game this season and nothing can be taken for granted in the Championship.
That’s a good way to approach every game and we have Rafa Benitez to thank for that professionalism.
Nigel Pearson – Derby County manager
This is what Nigel said after the game:
“I think they’ve got depth of quality in their squad, for sure,” “They’ve flexed their muscles in terms of ability to strengthen their squad.”
“They’ve got an experienced manager so I would fully expect them to be up there as front-runners.”
“I think the expectation’s there for them to do that, but expectation is one thing. And dealing with expectation is one of the key elements of being able to fulfill potential.”
“They’ve showed early signs that they’ve got those capabilities.”
“But it’s a tough old season. It’s long and quite arduous, so it always tests the resolve of players and everyone else associated with the club.”
“But I’ve worked there myself so I know the infrastructure is very, very sound and, you know, they’re looking pretty good, aren’t they?”
Nigel was a good coach at Newcastle from October, 2006 when he was hired as assistant manager by Glenn Roeder and he stayed about 18 months until February of 2008.
That was after Kevin Keegan came back to manage the club.
Nigel was at the club in the short eight months Sam Allardyce was the manager – from May, 2007 through January of the following year, when he was sacked and Kevin came in.
Pearson is usually fairly scant in his praise, so that is quite a positive assessment of Newcastle.