Leicester City’s improbable run to Premier League safety is almost complete after the Foxes dominated visiting Newcastle by a 3-0 margin early Saturday morning.
And Nigel Pearson’s been at the helm despite a roller coaster season which has seen reports of both his imminent dismissal.
[ RECAP: Leicester 3-0 Newcastle ]
The manager now sees his club four points clear of the drop after being mired in the drop zone for the majority of the season, and he refuses to feel comfortable or take his foot off the cautious and motivated gas pedal.
From the BBC:
“We have to give our supporters something to believe in. You want to see your team give a totally committed performance. We’ve not always got that 100% right but there’s a recognition our players are totally committed to our season. The fans have helped us negotiate our way through tough times. And they’ve seen progression.
“With a couple of months to go our season was in danger of not happening as we’d like. But we’ve kept our destiny in our hands. “We’ve given ourselves a good chance but we need to keep an eye on what we do day to day in training. Goal difference will be important – days like today help.”
Pearson also struck a sympathetic note towards Newcastle manager John Carver, who has watched over eight-straight losses and has a lackluster team sleepwalking its way back into the relegation picture (however unlikely that may be).
Someone of John Carver’s integrity has to try to find solutions that are proving difficult to solve. I used to work with a lot of their coaches at Newcastle – it’s a fabulous club. I feel for him – he cares so much about the club. It’s never easy to find solutions in that situation but you’ve got a better chance if you have people who have a feel for the club. They still have more points than us. They’ve still got work to do but so do we.”
Big Nigel: spitting the truth. But I’m not sure anyone is thinking the Foxes, while one points back of Newcastle, have a lesser chance of picking up points the rest of the way, especially after the thumping at King Power Stadium today.