Former Newcastle United coach Nigel Pearson, who only left Newcastle on 8th February, just 10 days ago, has been appointed the new manager at Southampton.
Nigel Pearson – former Assistant Manager now in charge at Southampton
The 44-year-old coach joined Glenn Roeder at Newcastle United as Assistant manager in October 2006, after Freddy Shepherd dismissed Kevin Bond because of the bungs scandal. Pearson takes over from caretaker duo John Gorman and Jason Dodd who will remain on the coaching staff.
Southampton chairman Leon Crouch has acted quickly and decisively to bring in a new manager following a run of four defeats in five games. But he was still quick to pay tribute to the caretaker duo of John Gorman and Jason Dodd, who were put in charge following the sudden departure of George Burley, who accepted the role of Scotland Manager.
The two were given the role for the foreseeable future following a positive initial response from the players. But Saturday’s shock Cup exit has prompted the club to make a change with the team in danger of slipping into a relegation battle.
Chairman Crouch said:
“We are very grateful to John and Jason for all their hard work and their passion after taking over in very difficult circumstances.“They did everything they could and they must feel as hurt as everyone else at the club by Saturday’s result.â€
“It was clear that the uncertainty of the management situation was having a detrimental effect on the players and so we have decided to bring in a new man.”
“Pearson is a top quality coach with plenty of experience and good contacts in the game. He is also a disciplinarian with a strong work ethic and I believe he will inject new impetus into our campaign.â€
“He was a top defender in his time and has a good coaching and managerial pedigree at Stoke, West Bromwich, Newcastle and with the England Under-21 squad.”
“I believe he is the right man to steady the ship and get us moving up the table once more. He is a winner and he will instill that mentality in the players.”
Nigel is a good man and an excellent coach and did well in his 15 months at Newcastle. Kevin Keegan was certainly sorry to see him go, after he told Kevin he wanted to move on. But it seems he had some opportunities lined up and this is a plum job for him and just a fantastic opportunity.
We wish Nigel the very best in his new venture and will be keeping an eye on Southampton’s results as well as those of former manager Glenn Roeder at Norwich, another good man.