There is an age old fable that tells of Stuart Pearce's start in management.
In his first match as caretaker boss at Nottingham Forest he had to be reminded by his wife that he had not named goalkeeper Mark Crossley in his starting XI!
I'm glad they beat the UAE, but the performance overall was not convincing to me. Then again...
Now, no-one can deny Pearce has come a long way since then, and indeed, he sparked life into a Forest side left adrift by Frank Clark, even if they were to ultimately face relegation from the Premier League.
And although Pearce has presided over greater managerial positions than the difficult circumstances presented to him at the City Ground, the unerring feeling is that he has never achieved anything significant from the dugout.
Thought I'd just mention it!