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Pearson sacked by the Foxes

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Leicester City have sacked manager Nigel Pearson citing a breakdown in the relationship and the direction of the club going forward, after almost 3 and a half years at the club.

Pearson guided the club to a 14th place finish in their first season back in the Premier League despite being seven points adrift of safety at the end of March before going on a run that saw the Foxes avoid the drop back into the Championship.

Speculation grew this morning that Pearson was on borrowed time and the club this evening announced that they have relieved the manager of his duties. Assistant manager Craig Shakespeare and coach Steve Walsh have been piut in temporary charge of the club until a successor is appointed.

In an official club statement the owners said “The Board of Directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge of the Club, particularly during the last three and a half years. However, 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.

Leicester City’s owners, Vichai and Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, and the Board of Directors would like to place on record their thanks to Nigel for the considerable contribution he has made during his time with the Club and wish him well in the future.

Khun Vichai and Khun Top remain wholly committed to the Club’s long-term development and to on going investment in a squad that will continue to be competitive in the Premier League. 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.

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh will take charge of first team duties while the Club begins its recruitment of a new manager. There will be no further comment until this process has concluded”

Pearson was involved in a number of incidents during the season that will not have helped his relationship with the club’s Thai owners and the recent sacking of his son after a racial slur on a tour to Thailand, many will speculate led to the dismissal of the Foxes manager.

Pearson was popular with the Foxes faithful with many already dismayed with the decision and speculation will now turn to the cause of the fallout as well as who the next manager will be.

Look out for our piece tomorrow and the possible reasons for the sacking as well as those who could take charge down at the King Power Stadium.

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