Leicester City sack manager Pearson

Leicester City have sacked their manager Nigel Pearson after what is being described as “fundamental differences” between Pearson and the club owners.

The 51-year-old was appointed Leicester boss for a second time in November 2011 and guided the club to the Premier League by winning the Championship in the 2013-14 season.

Last season, he guided the club to 14th place after an incredible escape from relegation last season, which saw the Foxes win seven of their final ten games to secure safety.

Nigel Pearson called a journalist an ostrich back in April image: theguardian.com

Nigel Pearson came under scrutiny for several incidents towards players and media last season
image: theguardian.com

A statement on the club website read: “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.

“We trust that the Club’s supporters will recognise 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.”

Earlier this month, three players – including his son James – were sacked by the club after they were filmed in a racist sex tape on the club’s end-of-season tour of Thailand, but it is not known if this is any relation to Pearson’s dismissal.

The club’s owners also thanked Pearson for his contribution to the club and wished him good luck in his future endeavours.

“The board of directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge, particularly during the last three-and-a-half years

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take charge of first team duties for the time being as the club’s owners begin their search for a new manager.

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