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Leicester manager's comments premature; How Brighton will win promotion

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Leicester City and Brighton feature.

Nigel Pearson has been in the press recently tooting his own horn about how much better Leicester City are since he took over two-years-ago, whilst that may be the case - the comments are severely premature.

"I took over two years ago and everyone told me how good the squad was," said Pearson.

"There aren't many players left from that regime. I am delighted that is the case.

"It has taken a long time to build a squad I think is the right squad for this club.

"It is a smaller squad and better suited for dealing with the demands of the Championship.

"It is my way of doing it. It is a case of the owners brought me in to do a job, and the fact I am still here shows they have an understanding of how I work, which I know they have.

"They have an understanding of what I believe in and they also have an understanding that the decisions I make are done with the good will of the football club in mind.

"Ultimately, that is what you need. On top of that, as a manager, you need results. Results buy you time.

"Last season was difficult for us but this time we have started well.

"It goes without saying it buys me a bit more time to try to achieve what we have set out to do in the first place.

"My argument would always be that I know this football club is in a much better position than when I took over.

"I don't give a monkeys about what anyone thinks about my tenure here and how I do the job and my personality compared to other managers.

"I know the job I do here is right for this club. We are doing okay. We have a long way to go and there is no one who wants success more than I do for the club.

"We will try to achieve it this season."

Whilst the passion and drive to succeed is evident from the interview, so is naivety of his comments. 

Leicester are certainly in a better position, both financially and playing wise than they was when he first came in, However, like 3/4 more clubs in the Championship Leicester are desperate for promotion because of their financial situation.

At current, despite cut-backs, they're still light-years away from being able to comply with the financial fair play regulations and without promotion, the proverbial would hit the fan.

None-the-less, Leicester are well placed for promotion, and credit to Pearson for making that happen - but without promotion, no matter what hard work has gone in during his reign as Leicester manager, they would be worse off... a lot worse off.


Another story that has caught my eye has been the on-going discussions (arguments) between Brighton fans that think promotion is a pipe-dream, and those that think it's possible.

Every club in the Championship has these two sets of fans, the 'happy clappers' and the pessimists.

My two cents on Brighton getting promotion, is quite frankly stick with what you have. Focus on keeping hold of your players in January and keep moving forward as a club. Although Brighton have endured a pretty under-whelming start to the season, they shouldn't be too disheartened. They're still without doubt one of the best sides in the division, and 90% of the fans in this division predicted they would be up there.

As football clubs go, there have been no quicker 'growers' than Brighton. I remember standing in the rain watching them play at the Withdean Stadium, and once they were relegated I predicted the worse for them. Since the build of the new stadium it's like Brighton have become a brand new club, and on their current trajectory they have nothing to worry about - they will eventually make the Premier League.

Even now I fancy them to make the play-offs and once Leonardo Ulloa returns - it will become a realised possibility. 

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