In what is really a surprise move, Leicester City have tonight fired former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson – their manager – who seemed to pull off a miracle to save Leicester with an unbelievable run in the final quarter of the season that kept Leicester in the Premier League and they even finished above Newcastle in the league.
The Foxes won an amazing seven of their final nine games of the season and got 22 points from those games, including a final game of the season 5-1 home win over relegated QPR.
That was 9 points more than Newcastle got in the final 19 league games of the season, and dare we say it – Leicester also beat us 1-0 in the FA Cup in early January.
Nigel Pearson with John Carver earlier this year
Leicester hammered us 3-0
Nigel is 51 years old and had already made three new signings this summer, but was told via a phone call with Vice-Chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha tonight that he was fired.
This is the statement Leicester have released:
Leicester City Football Club has today Tuesday relieved its First Team Manager, Nigel Pearson, of his duties.
The Board of Directors recognizes the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years.
However, it has become clear to the Club that fundamental differences in perspective exist between us. Regrettably, the Club believes that the working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.
Leicester City’s owners, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Nigel for the considerable contribution he has made during his time with the Club and wish him well in the future.
Khun Vichai and Khun Top remain wholly committed to the Club’s long-term development and to on going investment in a squad that will continue to be competitive in the Premier League.
We trust that the Club’s supporters will recognize that the owners have always acted with the best interests of the Club at heart and with the Club’s long-term future as their greatest priority.
Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take charge of first team duties while the Club begins its recruitment of a new manager. There will be no further comment until this process has concluded.
Pearson will get compensation of around £1M from the Thai owners.
Nigel was previously at Leicester from 2008 to 2010, and is said to be completely shocked at the decision, and Leicester were the only promoted side from last season to survive in the Premier League with Burnley and QPR being relegated.
Nigel is controversial, and had a few well reported confrontations with fans, journalists and players last season.
Only two weeks ago his young son James, who was also at the club, was fired for insulting prostitutes in Thailand while filming them.