52 year-old former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson produced one of the most remarkable turnarounds in Premier League history this year – maybe the greatest turnaround in Premier League history.
Leicester were bottom of the league in early April with just 19 points from 29 games played – and Nigel then got 22 points in the final nine games of the season to save Leicester.
And Leicester then fired Nigel in the summer (as a thank you?) and brought in former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri who now has Leicester joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City.
Nigel Pearson while at Newcastle
And Nigel seems to have come from nowhere to second favorite on most betting sites for the Newcastle job – if it becomes available – behind David Moyes.
Here’s the latest betting on SkyBet:
David Moyes 4/1
Nigel Pearson 5/1
Brendan Rodgers 8/1
Tim Sherwood 12/1
Harry Redknapp 12/1
Glenn Roeder brought Nigel Pearson in as assistant manager when he was in charge of Newcastle – and when Roeder was fired in May of 2007 Nigel took charge of the remaining game of the season at Watford in a 1-1 draw.
Pearson stayed on at Newcastle when Sam Allardyce was brought in that summer when Mike Ashley bought the club.
When Sam was fired in January of the next year Nigel was in charge for the trip to Manchester United which we lost 6–0, with all goals coming in the second half.
He was also in charge of the team for the 3rd round FA Cup replay against Stoke City, which we won 4-1, but once Kevin Keegan came in during the January – after Harry Redknapp had turned down the job – Pearson left the club in February.
Nigel is available and he may jump at the chance of returning to Newcastle.
He’s noted as a hard-line manager and he’s a good coach who seemed to have some problems with some players earlier this year – before that amazing turnaround and he also had some run-ins with the press.
The firing came after some problems in the summer with his teenage son, who was summarily fired by the club.
His son James was involved in a racist sex tape while on tour in the owners’ homeland of Thailand, which was big news in the summer.
Nigel left after a collapse in his relationship with the club’s Thai owners, over the dismissal of his son.
We’re not too sure about Nigel.
What do you think?