After going through my morning routine, which consists of shower, shave and Sky Sports news, I was happy to sit down and enjoy the latter with a nice bowl of cornflakes. With only one day remaining till England’s young guns face hosts Sweden in the semi final of this year’s European Championship, it was no surprise then to see the stern, serious face of Stuart Pearce being grilled by journalists.
Admiring the answers that the gaffer gave to both English and Swedish press, I got the impression that he held an healthy relationship with the media, especially with the response to Sky Sports Andy Burton: “You’ve been in the England camp and we’ve spoke on and off the camera.” His approach to the media is a credit to him and the country. Happy to answer any question with complete honesty, it’s no surprise that we don’t see much of his name dragged through the national press, linked with scandal and bust ups.
His calm and collective personality matches his managerial style. Pearce guided the under 21’s to semi final disappointment two years ago, but is confident he can go that step further this campaign.
As well as being the under 21’s manager, he is also the coach for the senior team, with many believing that he is the next England manager in the making. He, himself, is not getting too carried away and insists he still has a lot to learn in the business. He seems to keep the Premier League bad boys in check, but to be fair I wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of a man that’s nicknamed Psycho.
With the FA and Pearce meant to have met a gentleman’s agreement over an extended contract, we could hear a Mike Bassett “Four more f**king years” outburst if he can guide them to the final in four days time.