Thursday, 17 November 2011

Welcome Back Nigel

Earlier this week, Nigel Pearson returned to Leicester City as manager, replacing Sven Goran Eriksson.  After weeks of speculation and 18 months after Pearson walked away from the post (amid disagreements with the board), the new owners and executive board had their man.
Pearson holds up the shirt, confirming the rumours of the last three weeks.

  A fan favourite for the job was for, the almost cliché now, Martin O'Neill to return to the club that he lead to Carling Cup glory and a regular place in the top ten of the Premier League.  This was never going to happen, i don't think, and most likely won't again, having said in the past he would 'never return' to a previous club.  Pearson, though, has the title of most successful Leicester manager of all time, due to his success in League One and leading to the Championship play-offs, due to his 51.4% win ratio.  Not the return of the king as many hoped but definitely a nobleman if not more.

The new boss gets to know the recruits that have
joined since he left.
  In his press conference, Nigel Pearson has talked about not thinking on the past but to the future and so he has the task of leading Leicester City to the Premier League this season, something Sven failed to do, eventually running dry the patience of the new (are they new anymore?) Thai owners.  The change in style of managers looks, to me at least, like a good decision; moving away from the big name, continental attempt of success to the experienced and down-to-earth attempt.

  Pearson's side of 2008-2010 was well managed, built as a team and in the habit of winning, something that the Leicester City sides since his departure may have lacked.  Now, with an abundance of riches at his disposal, both finance wise and player wise, those qualities could well lead the club to the promised land.

  Only time will tell if he can tame the likes of Jermaine Beckford and make a wide, attacking midfield from 7 central midfielders but this change is one that could become a turning point in Leicester City's return to the top flight.  Pearson has unfinished business in Leicestershire: time to finish it Nigel.