Nigel Pearson Appointed Southampton Manager

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.”

“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.”

“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.

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #1

    2 wall virginities in one day.

    Pearson-supposeldy a fantastic coach but i never liked him that much-far preferred John Carver!

    btw how are the reserves looking?

  • toonbully

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Pearson , who was he ?

    Some Blogger wrote the last fixtures down in an earlier post ;
    Newcastle remaining fixtures:

    Man utd H….0-2, 0pts
    Blackburn H..0-1.,0pts
    Liverpool A….2-1,0pts
    Birmingham A..2-1, 3pts
    Fulham H………1-0, 3 pts,
    Spurs A…………3-0, 0pts
    Reading H……..2-1, 3pts,
    Pompey A……..3-1, 0pts
    Sunderland H…2-1, or 2-2 , 3/1pts
    West Ham A…..2-1. 0 pts
    Chelsea H………0-1, 0pts
    Everton A………2-0, 0pts
    TOTAL 12 or 10 points depending on how well the mackems perform , they will be scrapping for results as badly as us .

    So with 28 points currently I expect us to get 40 or 38 points . And seeing as Reading and Birmingham are on 22points at the moment we need to hope that they do not get 16- 18 points especially , they do not need to beat us in our fixtures with them . IF THEY DO BEAT US WE COULD BE UP SHIT STREET WITHOUT A PADDLE !
    Keegan knows this , and it’s whether he is capable of shaping up a load of lightweights for the final push .
    Motivationally – wise , though there must be a few in B&W stripes thinking , why the hell should I fight for KK , when he’s going to ship me out in May anyway ! So really Kev has a difficult job to find his allies and get them working with him . I would like to see some of the reserves , like Carroll coming through alongside Martins or Owen . With a tally of minus 15 , we need goals desparately ….

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Pearson was a rubbish coach. He can send us Surman though 🙂

  • toonfan1

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #4

    i reckon we will get one point from the manutd game and all 3 against blackburn so this will boost our points tally to bout 43-44

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Man Utd H – 0
    Blackburn H – 1
    Liverpool A – 0/1
    Birmingham A – 3
    Fulham H – 3
    Spurs A – 0
    Reading H – 3
    Pompey A – 0/1
    Sunderland H – 1
    West Ham A – 1
    Chelsea H – 0
    Everton A – 0

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #6

    i agree if we lose to birmingham, reading and fulham we are down. if we lose to two of them we’re probably down and even if we lose to one we need a good result against someone else. at the mo. i’d say 10-12 points is realistic.

  • toonbully

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    The danger is that in our last three games that we may need more than one point to be safe , and if you look at those last three games , i find it difficult to see us getting TWO points !

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #8

    i see from the list that owen picked up a yellow this season. What for?

    hang on i’ll check which game it was.

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #9

    vs arse after fa cup-what did he do!!

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #10

    1) Tom Toon-mate there’s NO chance of a point at anfield. no chance!

    2) Everyone thinks we’ll take 9 points from reading birminham and fulham but they’ll fancy their chances and thet’ll be committed. 5 points could happen (or maybe less!)

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #11

    4 in a row and counting.

  • AlexW

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Man Utd H – 3
    Blackburn H – 3
    Liverpool A – 3
    Birmingham A – 3
    Fulham H – 3
    Spurs A – 3
    Reading H – 3
    Pompey A – 3
    Sunderland H – 3
    West Ham A – 3
    Chelsea H – 3
    Everton A – 3

    whats everyone worried for, by looks of it we may yet get europe 😀

  • cooldj

    Feb 18, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #13

    not sure we’d actually get europe with that !

  • Leo*

    Feb 18, 2008 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #14

    he was cr@p and i feel sorry for the saints

  • Bill F

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #15

    Good luck to him he must feel like a pig in sh*t.

  • Gordon

    Feb 19, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #16

    Can’t believe they appointed him.

    One job managing Carlisle and three caretaker positions since… he must be laughing his ass off!

    He’ll be sacked inside 18 months, mark my words.

  • GP

    Feb 19, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #17

    cooldj – liverpool aren’t exactly in good form. If torres or gerrard or even both don’t play I can see us getting a point. Saying that though, one of the two probably will.

  • Dai

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #18

    Southampton fan here is Pearson the man to save us from relegation? I’ve vaguely hears of him we all thought Dowie or Coleman would get appointed so we are slightly underwhelmned

  • Luke

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #19

    good for him

  • Cyprus Mag

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #20

    “Nigel is a good man and an excellent coach and did well in his 15 months at Newcastle.”
    Ed how can you possibly justify this statement? Newcastle’s performances have been terrible since his appointment with players rarely playing up to their potential. Our tactics have been confused and cohesion, especially in defence, his supposed strength, chaotic.
    Our teamplay is evidence that Pearson has no coaching ability.

  • scott9

    Feb 19, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #21

    good look to him


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