Pearce needs our support

Last updated : 01 May 2007 By Alistair Murray
Besides the woeful goalscoring record at home, it also confirmed City have lost on more occasions this season at CoMS than they have won. However, one thing is for sure, the manager is constantly facing speculation linking him with the sack on a scale he doesn't yet deserve.

Chairman John Wardle and the club are doing a good job of communicating with the supporters at a time when the press is hell bent on removing Pearce from his post, with speculation that Sam Allardyce will take over at City after resigning as Bolton manager.

As I write this, Sammy Lee has been appointed Bolton manager, at least until the end of the season, and the Trotters will continue their pursuit of a UEFA Cup place without constant interference. It was suggested Bolton could go
down the same road as Charlton, who also disposed of a long-term manager in Alan Curbishley, but at the moment there's far more hysteria at City concerning Pearce in light of a possible takeover of the club.

The current situation, at least as it stands in public, will only make the likes of Sylvain Distin believe that leaving City is the smarter option, so it's time to get off Pearce's back and get behind the team he's assembled.

The table doesn't lie, and Pearce has insisted the club's season be judged at the end, but as a top-10 finish now looks extremely unlikely, should he be granted more time? I believe a fair crack of the whip next season is all
that's required for Pearce because he can still take the club in the right direction if he's given the opportunity. And if the pressure's lifted, maybe we'll get a performance that isn't gripped by nerves and uncertainty.

Against Aston Villa at the weekend, the script was seemingly written for Georgios Samaras to return in place of hamstring victim Michael
Johnson and score City's first goal at home in the league since his brace on January 1.

It didn't work out that way so does Samaras, the youngster signed from the
Dutch league 18 months ago and who has almost single-handedly become the basis of all arguments in favour of bringing in a new
manager, start against United?

Either way, Pearce will hope he is given time, and then his first-choice striker, so that he can take the pressure of Samaras next season.