Leicester must part ways with Pearson to progress


Despite being a newly promoted side who were not expected to pull up any trees in the Premier League, Leicester City need to dismiss manager Nigel Pearson to make any sort of impact this season.

Saturday was a missed opportunity for the club to climb out of the relegation zone as they lost to fellow Premiership new boys Queens Park Rangers 3-2 at Loftus Road with the Rs leapfrogging Leicester in the table.

The Foxes are currently bottom of the top flight in English football, one point off that elusive spot of 17th and safety.

City have secured some credible results in the first half of the season, most notably two draws at home to Everton and Arsenal (2-2 and 1-1 respectively) as well as a famous 5-3 win over Manchester United but missed chances against teams around them could prove costly.

Crystal Palace away (2-0) as well as Burnley (2-2), West Brom (0-1) and Sunderland at home (0-0) have all ended without three points for Pearson’s men in what could turn out to be end of season “six pointers”.

In fact, before this weekend, Leicester had previously gone five games without even scoring a goal.

Pearson's finest hour

Pearson’s finest hour

Given the underdog nature of Leicester’s ambitions for this campaign, the initial sacking could seem harsh at first glance but clubs have taken the bold step before – and it has paid dividends.

Southampton opted to dismiss their boss somewhat unfairly in the 2012/13 season but are now flying high.

The South Coast club sacked Nigel Adkins, a man who guided the club to the Premier League from League One via back-to-back promotions, in January 2013 when they were 15th to widespread criticism but the Saints went marching into eighth in Mauricio Pochettino’s solemn full season at St.Mary’s.

Under Ronald Koeman, Southampton are mounting a surprise title challenge going into 2015.

Dreams of the top four may be a stretch too far for Leicester but Crystal Palace’s exploits could be a more realistic ambition.

Although Ian Holloway decided to depart Palace of his own accord, the Eagles looked down and out when Tony Pulis entered Selhurst Park a year ago last week. Palace finished 11th in May with Pulis being nominated for Manager of the Year.

In Tony they should trust: Pulis worked wonders at Palace last season

In Tony they should trust: Pulis worked wonders at Palace last season

Palace were tipped to struggle pre-season following the shock departure of Pulis the week before the season started but seem stable under Neil Warnock and are 14th at the moment.

Pulis seems to be the man Leicester want to take over at the King Power stadium and while Foxes fans will no doubt be forever thankful to Pearson for returning to the club to guide them back to where they feel they belong, it looks like one step too far.

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