Nigel Pearson

Where is Nigel Pearson now?

A rock at the back and a fan’s favourite for his never-say-die attitude, Nigel Pearson retired from playing in 1998 after achieving a sixth place finish in the Premier League and reaching two cup finals with Middlesbrough.

Upon retiring, he immediately went into club management with Carlisle United but left them after only one season after narrowly avoiding relegation from the Football League on the last day of the 1998-99 season.

Next port of call for Pearson was Stoke City where he joined up with former Sheffield Wednesday team-mate Gary Megson as his first team coach but he only lasted for two years before getting the sack in 2001.
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In 2004, he made a return to football as Bryan Robson’s assistant manager at West Bromwich Albion but he left two years later when Robson left and Tony Mowbray was appointed.

Pearson then had coaching spells at Newcastle United and the England under-21’s side as well as a brief spell as manager of Southampton before joining League One side Leicester City as manager in 2008.

Pearson had a relatively successful time at the The Foxes, winning promotion to the Championship in his first season and narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League in his second season.

Unfortunately a strained relationship with chairman Milan Mandaric eventually broke down and he left to join Hull City in 2010 where he stayed for 18 months before returning to Leicester which was now under new Thai ownership.

His second spell was considered a huge success after leading his side to the Premier League from the Championship in his third full season.

Unfortunately, The Foxes first season back in the Premier League started terribly and they found themselves bottom of the league at Christmas 2014 but the club managed to turn around their fortunes on the pitch and finished the season in a respectable 14th position.

Although, Leicester had managed to secure their Premier League place, Pearson’s working relationship with the board, along with a number of other controversial incidents over the course of the season led to his sacking in June 2015.

The club went onto win the Premier League title the following season with a lot of credit given to Pearson who had put together the nucleus of the side.

In May 2016, he was back in football management when he was appointed as the new manager of Championship side Derby County but his tenure at was short-lived and he left by mutual consent in October 2016 following a club suspension after a heated exchange with the club’s owner.

Pearson made a return to football in September 2017 when he was appointed as head coach of Belgian second division side OH Leuven.

The Belgian side who are owned by the same Thai family which own Leicester City and who sacked him as the Foxes boss in 2015 sacked him again in February 2019 after a string of poor results.

He was back in football just nine months later when he was appointed in his current role as manager of Watford.

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Nigel Pearson: Premier League Statistics

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