In October of 2006 Nigel Pearson took over as assistant manager to Glenn Ruder at Newcastle, after Kevin Bond had left the club, and the following February he was confirmed as assistant coach to Stuart Pearce, the England U21 team manager, while continuing his duties at Newcastle.
Nigel Pearson – Leicester City manager
When Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder was sacked in early May of 2007, Nigel took charge of the remaining game of the season, away to Watford, which we drew 1-1.
And in early January of the following year, when new manager Sam Allardyce was fired after the 0-0 draw at Stoke in the FA Cup, Nigel was again the caretaker manager for the game at Manchester United, a game we lost 6-0, after the score was 0-0 at the half.
But then Nigel was caretaker manager of Newcastle’s 4-1 FA Cup win at home to Stoke City in the next game.
Kevin Keegan was then appointed manager, and Nigel left the club the next month.
Since then Pearson has been manager at Southampton, Leicester City, Hull and then back at Leicester in 2011, and of course Nigel got Leicester promoted last May after winning the Championship.
It seems Leicester are almost the opposite of Newcastle at the moment, in that they have a lot of players fit and players fighting for various positions on the field.
This is what Nigel has said about that:
“I am not here to be the players’ friend.” “I am here to be the manager of the football club and it is my job to make decisions on what I feel is the best side to take on whoever we are playing.”
“We have the situation where, potentially, more players are unhappy because they are not involved, but that is a great position for us to be in because it means we have more players to select from and it gives us more options about how we set up.”
This is a winnable game for Newcastle on Saturday, and we just have to win it, especially since our next two games are at Tottenham and home to Liverpool. 🙁
We need the 3 points.
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