Southampton’s Kelvin Davis not surprised by Nigel Pearson success at Leicester

The Saints veteran remembers the Leicester City manager fondly from his time in charge at St Mary's.

Southampton’s veteran goalkeeper Kelvin Davis has told the club’s official website he is not surprised by Leicester boss Nigel Pearson’s rise in the game.

Pearson saw the Foxes into the Premier League comfortably last season and now looks set to guide them to safety in what has been a remarkable turnaround at the club.

Sitting bottom not that long ago, the club were written off by many, but they have since embarked on a fine run of form to move into 16th place, a point above the relegation zone.

Before his current stint at Leicester, though, Pearson helped to steady the ship at Southampton towards the end of the 2007/08 season, and Davis says he is not surprised by the job Pearson is currently overseeing at the King Power Stadium. 

“It’s no surprise that he’s gone to Leicester and done the work that he’s done there, looking as though he’s turned it around at that club,” he said.

“There was an opportunity at the time to keep him here and we didn’t, and I’ve always said that he was a fantastic manager for us. You can see that he’s a good leader, very well organised with good staff around him.”

The pressure has appeared to get to Pearson at times this season, with a number of strange and controversial incidents having occurred over the course of the campaign.

The first of these involved Crystal Palace’s James McArthur, who he appeared to strangle on the touchline following a collision, while more recently he was involved in an outburst at a journalist after a particular angle of questioning tested his patience.

Davis, though, remembers a wholly different character from the one that has been seen this season.

“He was very personable which is a great trait, and in the position we were in, he took control of the situation around the club,” he added.

“We had our own job to do, but anyone who played under him at that time will tell you that they wanted to do well.”

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