Stuart Pearce was your take no prisoners type of defender, superb for Forest and England, then doing a very decent job when joining Newcastle in the twilight of his career.
Obviously he must have mellowed in his old age, judging by his opinion on the starts made by clubs this season in the Premier League.
Talking to Sky Sports, Stuart Pearce was asked to grade each club on their first two months of matches.
Judging by what he gave below, you wouldn’t have minded him being your teacher when you were at school…
Stuart Pearce grades for Premier League clubs start to the season:
(A) Man City, Man Utd, Burnley
(B) Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal
(B-) Newcastle United, West Brom, Huddersfield
(C+) Liverpool, Brighton
(C) Southampton, West Ham
(C-) Stoke, Everton, Leicester, Swansea, Bournemouth
(E) Crystal Palace
Pearce has graded seven clubs as having better starts than Newcastle and they are seven of the eight clubs who are higher than ninth placed NUFC, the exception is Liverpool, who the former defender has put behind the Magpies despite picking up two more points.
However, looking further down, despite having only four and five points respectively and in the bottom three, Stuart Pearce still gives a C- to both Bournemouth and Swansea.
A similar story with Everton and Leicester who are the two clubs just able the relegation zone, considering their investment in players in recent times, they are surely lucky to be rated a C- as well for their starts.
This is what Stuart Pearce had to say about Newcastle:
“It’s a really good start for another side who many tipped to struggle.
“They’ve picked up some important results against sides in and around them, which will be vitally important.”