Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has backed his Manchester City counterpart Stuart Pearce to silence his doubters and turn around the fortunes of the ailing Eastlands club.
Pearce came under fire from a section of the travelling support as his side produced a limp performance in a 2-0 defeat at Ewood Park on Sunday which saw City exit the FA Cup at the quarter-final stage.
The interim England Under-21 boss has vowed to fight on at the helm despite his side slipping to the fringes of the Premiership drop zone in recent weeks.
And Hughes has backed his former playing adversary to bounce back and lead City to safety.
"Management is a difficult job and you have to win games," said Hughes.
"If you are not winning games then you will come under pressure.
"Stuart is a strong character, a strong personality and I am sure he will be strong enough to deal with the pressure."