Nigel Pearson took Leicester City from League One to the Premier League, and kept the Foxes up last season in one of the greatest escapes in history.
However, after winning seven of their final nine matches to stay up last spring, Pearson was sacked as his tumultuous relationship with the club’s ownership could not be fixed.
Now with Claudio Ranieri in charge, the Foxes have enjoyed a dream season, sitting top of the table with 12 matches the play after starting the year as relegation favorites.
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In a recent interview with The Times, Pearson said he is pulling for Leicester to win the Premier League title, but admitted there would be “a mixture of feelings” after his unceremonious departure.
It would be a mixture of feelings, let’s be honest.
I would be delighted for a lot of people there – players, staff and fans – but I would be dishonest if I said I would be happy for everyone there. Of course, I wouldn’t be.
Leicester are where they are because they’ve had a fantastic season and because their manager has managed skillfully and sensibly, but also because they previously had someone in charge who was able to front it up and make tough decisions when they needed to be made.
I know how pivotal the work I did for them to be in the situation they’re in now.
With Ranieri drawing such great praise for his work at Leicester, many are forgetting the role that Pearson played in getting the club to this point. The Foxes’ never-say-die attitude began with Pearson keeping the team alive after sitting bottom of the table from November through April last season.Follow @KyleLynchFC