Championship news

Pearson given Foxes assurance

October 5, 2012
By Ian Edwards

Nigel Pearson has been handed the full backing of Leicester City's Thai owners and been assured his job at the Walkers Stadium is secure.

Nigel Pearson
PA PhotosNigel Pearson has had to contend with media speculation this season

Pearson has guided Leicester to second in the Championship table against the backdrop of continued speculation that his job is under threat and Harry Redknapp is being lined up as his replacement.

Leicester's owners have taken the step of issuing a statement underlining their continued support for Pearson, branding speculation about his position unwarranted and inaccurate.

In a joint statement, chairman Vichai Raksriaksorn and vice-chairman Aiywatt Raksriaksorn have reiterated Pearson is key to the club's long-term aim of Premier League football.

"Since our arrival in Leicester, it has always been our stated aim to deliver a long-term sustainable platform for success," the statement said. "We fully accept the football club is constantly in the public eye and, as such, will be a constant subject of media scrutiny and debate.

"For that reason, we adopt a policy in which we do not feel compelled to respond to a media agenda. However, given the recent unwarranted and inaccurate speculation in relation to our manager, we wish to set the record straight in the most unequivocal manner.

"Nigel has, and continues to retain, our total support in helping us to deliver our stated long-term aim of achieving footballing success. Nigel is absolutely key to what we are trying to achieve. In the summer, we again invested heavily both in terms of senior playing recruitment and in the long-term development across all levels of the footballing structure of the club.

"This reflects our continued faith and support in the football management of the club. Our appetite and desire to achieve success with Nigel as our manager remains undiminished."

Pearson himself welcomed the statement and said: "I returned to the club nearly a year ago because of the long- term vision the owners have for Leicester City and I share their ambition. Earlier in the week, I dismissed the speculation as nothing more than a minor irritant. My focus is, has, and always will be, to deliver results on the pitch.

"I enjoy an excellent working relationship with the owners and directors of the football club and all my energies, and those of my staff, are totally focused on the game against Bristol City on Saturday."