Has sticking with Nigel Pearson paid off for Leicester City?

Leicester City

Why the Foxes were right to stick with their man, a move that has paid off so far.

If Leicester City were to avoid relegation this season, it would equal if not match the escape pulled off by West Brom a decade ago.

That escape remains one of the most miraculous in Premier League history and is still to be matched by another club, but the Foxes certainly have a chance of doing that now.

And if they do, credit must arguably go to the board for sticking with manager Nigel Pearson. In a quite extraordinary set of events back in February, the club had to issue a statement saying he had not been sacked despite the man himself being led to believe he had lost his job.

Now, with six games remaining, Leicester sit 18th in the table on 28 points, level with Hull above them and only a point behind 16th-placed Sunderland. The race for survival is certainly not over.

That comes after three straight wins have seen them put themselves right back into contention. Many had written them off already, such was their situation, but those people are now changing their opinion quickly.

Even when things weren’t going well, you can argue that Leicester were in every single game they’ve played. Never this season have they been comprehensively outplayed and beaten, and that is a credit to Pearson.

More than that, the squad was assembled by the 51-year-old and certainly gives their all for him week in, week out. While sacking him would have provided that short-term boost, just look at Aston Villa and Tim Sherwood, it would have also wiped away all of the progress the club has made over the last three years or so.

All of the playing staff is behind the manager and it shows. Bringing in a new man may have destabilised that situation, leading to a demise similar to that of Wolves when they sacked Mick McCarthy.

Instead, the club stuck by their man and he and his team have turned things around. While safety is far from secure, they are now certainly in with a huge chance of achieving it. And in that regard sticking with Nigel Pearson has certainly paid off.

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