"Maybe I am missing something but I don't feel pressure at all," he told the Sunday Mirror. "The only pressure I felt as a player was from myself.
"I am the same as a manager. Come the first match I will put pressure on myself. But I don't feel pressure from people outside the club.
"Our whole belief is that the players go out and express themselves. Hopefully they are picking up from myself and my staff that there is no fear factor here.
"In the last five or six months of last season every game was a must-win match but there was not one day that I picked up any nervousness from the players. Never.
"It is something I learned from Brian Clough and other coaches and in my last couple of seasons as a player when I wasn't enjoying myself as much because of injuries.
"You have to enjoy what you do. There are millions of people who don't enjoy their jobs. This is possibly the calmest period of my football career."