Pearce plays down pressure

18 March 2007 05:00
Manchester City manager Stuart Pearce insists he felt no extra pressure in the build-up to Saturday's 2-0 win at Middlesbrough, despite reports claiming he had two games to save his job. City moved up to 15th in the table and nine points clear of the drop zone and ended a five-match Premiership losing streak, but Pearce claims he hasn't felt under any extra pressure this week despite claims he was close to being axed by an unhappy board. "This is a tough profession I'm involved in. You know that when you go into it, it does not change," he said. "This evening, I might be able to get in my car and drive home and put a nice little book tape on with a smile on my face. "But tomorrow, I will wake up and think, 'How can I win the next game?' "When I went into football management, I knew if you do not win enough matches you come under the spotlight and you take a bit of flak about your future. "That happens - and it is happening to me at the moment. The results have not been good enough over the course of the season for me and this football club. "We know that, we are aware of that and it is important for us to get some victories between now and the end of the season."

Source: ESA