"I find him very similar to Brian Clough. I worked with Brian and to be fair, he scared the life out of me and you were on your toes all the time.
"I get the same impression working with this fella now. He doesn't want to talk for hours about this and that and rubbish, he just wants to get on with the job," Pearce told talkSPORT.
"You know full well that he's a serious performer and he gains respect. You could feel that in the dressing room in the first game. You could feel the atmosphere within the dressing room; he had players on their toes.
"To be honest with you, I think that can only be good for the English game. I think we need to get a little bit serious about what we're doing having not qualified [for the 2008 European Championships]."