After his bizarre rant at a local journalist on Wednesday following Leicester City’s 3-1 defeat to Chelsea, Foxes manager Nigel Pearson has apologized to the member of the media in question.
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Pearson took a question from journalist Ian Baker to heart, as he spoke about the fact that his players had received unfair criticism throughout the season.
The press conference then took a turn for the worst as Pearson mocked the journalist and then bizarrely described him as an “ostrich” before asking how flexible his neck was and if he could put his head in the sand. Seriously, that happened.
Video of said comments can be found here, as Pearson lost his cool in a big way but has big enough to apologize on Thursday morning as the same journalist turned up for the pre-match press conference for Leicester’s massive clash against Newcastle on Saturday (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).
“Ian before we start, I want to apologize to you for last night,” Pearson said. “I think its right to do that in front of the cameras instead of pulling you to one side. I hope it doesn’t ruin our relationship.”
So, fair play. Baker accepted the apology and everyone has made up. However, Pearson was asked plenty of questions why he reacted in such a strange manner and had the following reason as to why he reacted the way he did.
“I don’t like losing. I felt for the players,” Pearson said. “We were trying to keep the run going. It is frustrating but there we are. We move on.”
Asked about the criticism of his players and if it has been unjust, Pearson had the following to say.
“Yeah, I think there has been [unfair criticism],” Pearson said. “I think it has been a bit mixed, personally. At times there has been criticism that has not been observations but opinions by people who have not necessarily seen a large enough portion of our season and generalizations which I think are poor.”
After brushing off questions about pressure getting to him, Pearson then gave an observation as to why his behavior occurred.
“I think it was emotion more than anything. I am not afraid of showing my emotions. Iget labeled with certain titles which is people’s prerogatives to say what they want about me, in certain ways. I am happy to fight my own corner. I also accept when I have stepped out of line which is why I think Ian is due an apology. It is the right thing for me to do today and not let it drag on.”
Leicester City’s players have been praised heavily for their recent run of four wins which has lifted them out of the relegation zone and despite their defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday, their destiny is in their own hands with four games of the season to go.
However Pearson’s bizarre behavior throughout the season, which includes being banned and fined for swearing at home fans plus an unsavory incident where he seemed to pin down Crystal Palace’s James McArthur by the throat during a game, is making the Foxes survival charge a little sour.