Would Leicester City be wise to swap Pearson for Pulis?

Tony Pulis Interview - 23/02/2014

Leicester City are struggling in the Premier League this season, and rightly or wrongly, Nigel Pearson is coming under some pressure.

I am a big advocate of giving a manager a chance when it comes to one who has just achieved promotion with a club. Chairmen can be all to quick to fire a successful manager when the going gets tough in the top flight which is an inevitability anyway.

Money talks, and chairmen have one eye on this hoping a new manager can galvanise a club. Sometimes it works like at Sunderland when Gus Poyet came in. Other times its not so successful like when QPR brought in Mark Hughes, and Harry Redknapp, and Reading with Nigel Adkins.

However the one instance that sticks out as a huge success is Crystal Palace's appointment of Tony Pulis last season. He was brought in to Selhurst Park to replace Ian Holloway and had an immediate impact taking them on a great run until the end of the season. The former Stoke City manager deservedly won the manager of the season award after leading The Eagles to an 11th place finish.

The Welshman now finds himself out of work, but having witnessed his success last season, clubs at the worng end of the table are pondering whether they should make an approach for Pulis. Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion have been linked with Pulis who left Palace just two days before the start of this season.

Nigel Pearson successfully led The Foxes to the Championship title last season, but with the squad he had it was an achievement that was heavily expected. He has kept faith with the majority of that squad for this season and started off with some impressive results. Draws against Everton and Arsenal proceeded a thrilling 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September but that was the last time they tasted victory.

This week Leicester City sacked their director of football Terry Robinson, and replaced him with academy director Jon Rudkin, This change will probably have occurred to try and change things around without having to relieve Pearson of his job.

Nigel Pearson's job has been spared for now, but he will need to pick up the points soon otherwise moving for Tony Pulis may become a no-brainer for the Leicester board.

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