Should Leicester have stood by decision to sack Nigel Pearson?

Leicester City

Endangered Foxes might have missed shot at Premier League survival by standing by manager.

What a difference a month makes - none at all, for Leicester's relegation fears, which are looming as large as they were in early February.

Then, it appeared that the board had acted on those concerns, with reports emanating from the King Power Stadium that boss Nigel Pearson had been sacked, following three straight league losses, as reported by the Mirror.

Though the timing was odd - barely a week after the close of the January transfer window - the move was accepted as proactive, with the opportunity to lure an experienced top-flight miracle-worker, in the mould of Tony Pulis, snared a month earlier by West Brom to instant success.

But, in a bizarre series of events, Pearson was eventually granted a reprieve, the board belatedly speaking out to back their boss.

It was a moment that may well have relegated the club.

Change isn't always popular, especially when it's removing the man who secured promotion, but Pearson's side has mustered just a solitary point since his unsacking.

Elsewhere, it's reaped benefits when an experienced manager has been brought in.

When Pulis arrived at West Brom, his side were 17th, just four points above Leicester in bottom spot.

Since, the Baggies have romped to the security of 13th, 12 points above the Foxes.

Likewise, Alan Pardew's return to Crystal Palace - appointed a day after Pulis - prompted a surge in performance and results, after replacing Neil Warnock.

The Eagles sat in the relegation zone upon his arrival, 18th, just three points above Leicester - now they're 12th, level on points with West Brom.

Following his stay of execution, Pearson has had to lead Leicester in four successive away games, losing to Arsenal and Manchester City in the league, knocked out of the Cup by Aston Villa, and earning a draw at Everton.

Actually, a fair enough return from a tough run. But that's been the story of their season - decent performances, not good enough results.

Under Pearson's guidance, Leicester have continually choked - almost as badly as James McArthur.

Those at the club might point to the continued struggles of QPR and Aston Villa even after changing manager, but each side turned to relative rookies, a mistake Leicester could've learned from.

Now, seven points adrift of safety, rock bottom of the table, and with just four league points garnered this calendar year, it all looks too late for City - who were out-Foxed by some of their savvier relegation rivals.

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