Reports: Nigel Pearson sacked as manager of Leicester City after 15th loss, McArthur incident


The Independent is one of several outlets claiming Leicester City has sacked manager Nigel Pearson on Sunday, one day after the club lost its 15th match of the season and Pearson got into an aggressive incident with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur.

Pearson’s Foxes sit last in the Premier League with 17 points, and the manager was in more hot water after holding McArthur on the ground by the throat after an out-of-bounds collision on Saturday.

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The incident appeared worse than then-Newcastle boss Alan Pardew’s headbutting of David Meyler last winter, and Leicester lost 1-0 to Palace.

“I don’t have to reveal anything do I? I’m more than capable of looking after myself. Listen, I have a lot of respect for the lad, he’s a good player. You know what happened in the summer in terms of him coming here. I’m as disappointed as he was with how things panned out, but it was nothing to do with either myself or the player.”

Pearson had led the Foxes into the Premier League last season and has a strong record despite this season’s lousy results. The 51-year-old won 51 percent of his matches in his first stint with Leicester, and nearly 47 percent this time around. In between, he spent just over a year managing Hull City.

The reports have not been confirmed by the club.