Nigel Pearson

Full name: Nigel Graham Pearson
Birthdate: 21.08.1963
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Joined from: Southampton
Nationality: England
Honours: League One winners: 2008–09
Other clubs as manager: Carlisle United, West Bromwich Albion (caretaker), Newcastle United (caretaker (2)), Southampton, Hull City
Serving Period: 22.06.2008 - 29.06.2010
Games: 107
Wins: 55
Draws: 29
Losses: 23

Manager profile

Pearson was a former tough-tackling defender who played for Shrewsbury Town, Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough and had two spells in charge of the Foxes.

He showed his leadership qualities with all three clubs, notably Sheffield Wednesday where he led the Owls to League Cup glory against Manchester United as captain in 1991, and also led the team to promotion to the top flight in the same year. He went on to captain Middlesbrough to promotion twice and helped them to three domestic cup finals before retiring from playing in 1998.

Pearson's first job as manager was at Carlisle United in the same year of his retirement, and his most notable job was signing goalkeeper Jimmy Glass on loan, famous for scoring an injury-time goal against Plymouth Argyle which helped save the Cumbrians from relegation to the Football Conference on the final day of the season.

He went on to coach at Stoke City before taking assistant manager roles at West Brom, Newcastle United and then England U21s. His time with Newcastle saw him take caretaker charge of the team a number of times before he left to take up the role of manager at Southampton, charged with the task of keeping the Saints in the Championship. Ironically, he helped Southampton survive on the last day of the season, at the expense of Leicester.

Despite his relative success, Pearson left Southampton at the end of the season and was appointed manager of City in the summer of 2008, looking to take the Foxes back to the second tier of English football. And he succeeded in some style, taking City back as champions of League One. In the process, the club raced up their highest-ever points total of 96 points, losing just four of their 46 league games - another record for fewest defeats in a season.

The club continued their momentum into their Championship campaign and Pearson led the Foxes to the end-of-season play-offs, where they cruelly slipped to defeat on a penalty shoot-out against Cardiff City in the semi-final stages. Still, it was a good achievement for a side only promoted the season before. Most had seen Pearson's stint at the Walkers Stadium as a great success, but the Nottingham-born boss often had a strained relationship with chairman Milan Mandaric and chairman Lee Hoos. It resulted in his departure in the summer of 2010, reportedly due to Mandaric showing a consortium of potential club buyers around the club and also inviting Paulo Sousa, who was to take charge the following season, to the second leg of the play-off semi-final. City allowed Hull City to speak to Pearson and he duly left.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost F A Win %
League 92 48 28 16 145 84 52.17%
FA Cup 6 3 1 2 11 9 50%
League Cup 4 2 0 2 6 5 50%
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Other 5 2 0 3 6 5 40%
All matches 107 55 29 23 168 103 51.4%
All matches(107)
Date Competition Opposition Result Pos Stadium
109.08.2008League One MK Dons (H)2 - 04Walkers Stadium
212.08.2008League Cup 1Stockport County (H)1 - 0-Walkers Stadium
316.08.2008League One Stockport County (A)0 - 03Edgeley Park
423.08.2008League One Tranmere Rovers (H)3 - 12Walkers Stadium
527.08.2008League Cup 2Fulham (A)2 - 3-Craven Cottage
630.08.2008League One Cheltenham Town (A)4 - 01Whaddon Road
702.09.2008League Trophy 1Hartlepool United (A)3 - 0-Victoria Park
813.09.2008League One Millwall (H)0 - 16Walkers Stadium
920.09.2008League One Leyton Orient (A)3 - 15Brisbane Road
1023.09.2008League Trophy 2Lincoln City (H)0 - 0-Walkers Stadium
1127.09.2008League One Hartlepool United (H)1 - 04Walkers Stadium
1230.09.2008League One Colchester United (A)1 - 01Colchester Community Stadium
1304.10.2008League One Huddersfield Town (A)3 - 21Galpharm Stadium
1418.10.2008League One Oldham Athletic (A)1 - 12Boundary Park
1521.10.2008League One Walsall (H)2 - 23Walkers Stadium
1625.10.2008League One Northampton Town (H)0 - 04Walkers Stadium
1728.10.2008League One Brighton & Hove Albion (A)2 - 36Withdean Stadium
1801.11.2008League One Bristol Rovers (H)2 - 15Walkers Stadium
1904.11.2008League Trophy 3Rotherham United (A)0 - 2-Don Valley Stadium
2008.11.2008FA Cup 1Stevenage Borough (H)3 - 0-Walkers Stadium
2111.11.2008League One Yeovil Town (H)1 - 01Walkers Stadium
2215.11.2008League One Swindon Town (A)2 - 22County Ground
2322.11.2008League One Scunthorpe United (A)2 - 11Glanford Park
2425.11.2008League One Crewe Alexandra (H)2 - 11Walkers Stadium
2529.11.2008FA Cup 2Dagenham & Redbridge (H)3 - 2-Walkers Stadium
2606.12.2008League One Southend United (H)3 - 01Walkers Stadium
2713.12.2008League One Carlisle United (A)2 - 11Brunton Park
2820.12.2008League One Peterborough United (H)4 - 01Walkers Stadium
2926.12.2008League One Leeds United (A)1 - 11Elland Road
3028.12.2008League One Hereford United (H)2 - 11Walkers Stadium
3103.01.2009FA Cup 3Crystal Palace (H)0 - 0-Walkers Stadium
3210.01.2009League One Leyton Orient (H)3 - 01Walkers Stadium
3314.01.2009FA Cup 3 repCrystal Palace (A)1 - 2-Selhurst Park
3419.01.2009League One Yeovil Town (A)2 - 01Huish Park
3524.01.2009League One Huddersfield Town (H)4 - 21Walkers Stadium
3627.01.2009League One Brighton & Hove Albion (H)0 - 01Walkers Stadium
3731.01.2009League One Northampton Town (A)2 - 11Sixfields Stadium
3803.02.2009League One Walsall (A)4 - 11Bescot Stadium
3907.02.2009League One Oldham Athletic (H)0 - 01Walkers Stadium
4014.02.2009League One Swindon Town (H)1 - 11Walkers Stadium
4117.02.2009League One Hartlepool United (A)2 - 21Victoria Park
4221.02.2009League One Bristol Rovers (A)1 - 01Memorial Stadium
4328.02.2009League One MK Dons (A)2 - 21Stadium mk
4403.03.2009League One Stockport County (H)1 - 11Walkers Stadium
4507.03.2009League One Cheltenham Town (H)4 - 01Walkers Stadium
4611.03.2009League One Tranmere Rovers (A)0 - 21Prenton Park
4714.03.2009League One Millwall (A)1 - 01The Den
4821.03.2009League One Colchester United (H)1 - 11Walkers Stadium
4928.03.2009League One Peterborough United (A)0 - 21London Road
5004.04.2009League One Carlisle United (H)2 - 21Walkers Stadium
5111.04.2009League One Hereford United (A)3 - 11Edgar Street
5213.04.2009League One Leeds United (H)1 - 01Walkers Stadium
5318.04.2009League One Southend United (A)2 - 01Roots Hall
5424.04.2009League One Scunthorpe United (H)2 - 21Walkers Stadium
5502.05.2009League One Crewe Alexandra (A)3 - 01Alexandra Stadium
5608.08.2009Championship Swansea City (H)2 - 14Walkers Stadium
5712.08.2009League Cup 1Macclesfield Town (A)2 - 0-Moss Rose
5815.08.2009Championship Ipswich Town (A)0 - 07Portman Road
5918.08.2009Championship Sheffield United (A)1 - 18Bramall Lane
6022.08.2009Championship Barnsley (H)1 - 06Walkers Stadium
6125.08.2009League Cup 2Preston North End (A)1 - 2-Deepdale
6231.08.2009Championship Newcastle United (A)0 - 19St James' Park
6312.09.2009Championship Blackpool (H)2 - 16Walkers Stadium
6415.09.2009Championship Peterborough United (H)1 - 17Walkers Stadium
6519.09.2009Championship Watford (A)3 - 39Vicarage Road
6626.09.2009Championship Preston North End (H)1 - 210Walkers Stadium
6729.09.2009Championship Middlesbrough (A)1 - 08Riverside Stadium
6803.10.2009Championship Coventry City (A)1 - 17Ricoh Arena
6917.10.2009Championship Derby County (H)0 - 08Walkers Stadium
7020.10.2009Championship Crystal Palace (H)2 - 08Walkers Stadium
7126.10.2009Championship Reading (A)1 - 05Madejski Stadium
7230.10.2009Championship Queens Park Rangers (A)2 - 12Loftus Road
7307.11.2009Championship West Bromwich Albion (H)1 - 26Walkers Stadium
7421.11.2009Championship Plymouth Argyle (H)1 - 03Walkers Stadium
7528.11.2009Championship Scunthorpe United (A)1 - 13Glanford Park
7605.12.2009Championship Nottingham Forest (A)1 - 54City Ground
7708.12.2009Championship Bristol City (H)1 - 37Walkers Stadium
7812.12.2009Championship Sheffield Wednesday (H)3 - 04Walkers Stadium
7926.12.2009Championship Sheffield United (H)2 - 14Walkers Stadium
8002.01.2010FA Cup 3Swansea City (H)2 - 1-Walkers Stadium
8110.01.2010Championship Ipswich Town (H)1 - 15Walkers Stadium
8216.01.2010Championship Swansea City (A)0 - 17Liberty Stadium
8323.01.2010FA Cup 4Cardiff City (A)2 - 4-Cardiff City Stadium
8426.01.2010Championship Barnsley (A)0 - 18Oakwell
8530.01.2010Championship Newcastle United (H)0 - 08Walkers Stadium
8606.02.2010Championship Blackpool (A)2 - 16Bloomfield Road
8709.02.2010Championship Doncaster Rovers (H)0 - 06Walkers Stadium
8813.02.2010Championship Scunthorpe United (H)5 - 16Walkers Stadium
8916.02.2010Championship Bristol City (A)1 - 16Ashton Gate
9020.02.2010Championship Plymouth Argyle (A)1 - 16Home Park
9123.02.2010Championship Doncaster Rovers (A)1 - 05Keepmoat Stadium
9227.02.2010Championship Nottingham Forest (H)3 - 05Walkers Stadium
9306.03.2010Championship Sheffield Wednesday (A)0 - 25Hillsborough
9413.03.2010Championship Cardiff City (H)1 - 05Walkers Stadium
9516.03.2010Championship Crystal Palace (A)1 - 04Selhurst Park
9621.03.2010Championship Coventry City (H)2 - 24Walkers Stadium
9724.03.2010Championship Reading (H)1 - 24Walkers Stadium
9827.03.2010Championship Derby County (A)0 - 16Pride Park
9930.03.2010Championship Cardiff City (A)1 - 26Cardiff City Stadium
10002.04.2010Championship West Bromwich Albion (A)0 - 36The Hawthorns
10105.04.2010Championship Queens Park Rangers (H)4 - 06Walkers Stadium
10210.04.2010Championship Peterborough United (A)2 - 15London Road
10317.04.2010Championship Watford (H)4 - 15Walkers Stadium
10424.04.2010Championship Preston North End (A)1 - 05Deepdale
10502.05.2010Championship Middlesbrough (H)2 - 05Walkers Stadium
10609.05.2010Championship sf leg 1Cardiff City (H)0 - 1-Walkers Stadium
10712.05.2010Championship sf leg 2Cardiff City (A)3 - 2-Cardiff City Stadium

Nigel Pearson transfers in

Player Club Fee Date
Nicky Adams Bury £100,000 01.07.2008
Lloyd Dyer MK Dons Free 01.07.2008
Michael Morrison Cambridge United Unknown 02.07.2008
Aleksandar Tunchev CSKA Sofia £375,000 05.07.2008
Kerrea Gilbert Arsenal On loan 10.07.2008
David Martin Liverpool On loan 04.08.2008
Paul Dickov Manchester City Free 07.08.2008
Chris Powell Charlton Athletic Free 23.08.2008
Bruno Berner Blackburn Rovers Free 12.09.2008
Marc Edworthy Derby County Free 07.11.2008
Mark Davies Wolverhampton Wanderers On loan 27.11.2008
Aman Verma Redditch United Unknown 11.12.2008
Tom Cleverley Manchester United On loan 16.01.2009
Mark Bunn Blackburn Rovers On loan 16.02.2009
David Stockdale Fulham On loan 02.03.2009
Tony Warner Hull City On loan 13.03.2009
Astrit Ajdarevic Liverpool On loan 26.03.2009
Jack Hobbs Liverpool £400,000 24.04.2009
Wayne Brown Hull City Free 28.04.2009
Robbie Neilson Heart of Midlothian Free 22.05.2009
Chris Weale Bristol City Free 29.05.2009
Dany N'Guessan Lincoln City Unknown 26.06.2009
Astrit Ajdarevic Liverpool Free 30.06.2009
Richie Wellens Doncaster Rovers £1,200,000 07.07.2009
Martyn Waghorn Sunderland On loan 06.08.2009
Paul Gallagher Blackburn Rovers £1,000,000 21.08.2009
Yann Kermorgant Stade Reims Free 24.08.2009
Ryan McGivern Manchester City On loan 29.08.2009
Nolberto Solano Universitario de Deportes Free 22.01.2010
Alex Bruce Ipswich Town On loan 01.02.2010
James Vaughan Everton On loan 11.03.2010
Jay Spearing Liverpool On loan 22.03.2010
Tom Kennedy Rochdale Free 10.06.2010

Nigel Pearson bought 33 players for £3,075,000

Nigel Pearson transfers out

Player Club Fee Date
Richard Stearman Wolverhampton Wanderers £1,100,000 25.06.2008
Iain Hume Barnsley £1,200,000 25.06.2008
Alan Sheehan Leeds United Unknown 01.07.2008
Louis Dodds Port Vale Free 21.07.2008
Sergio Hellings Westerlo Free 30.07.2008
James Chambers Doncaster Rovers Free 05.08.2008
Reneil Sappleton Bournemouth On loan 12.08.2008
Barry Hayles Cheltenham Town On loan 12.08.2008
Conrad Logan Luton Town On loan 21.08.2008
Harry Worley Luton Town On loan 18.09.2008
Bruno N'Gotty Hereford United On loan 26.09.2008
James Wesolowski Cheltenham Town On loan 02.10.2008
Carl Pentney Woking On loan 23.10.2008
Jonathan Hayes Cheltenham Town On loan 24.10.2008
Barry Hayles Cheltenham Town On loan 27.11.2008
Eric Odhiambo Brentford On loan 27.11.2008
Radostin Kishishev Released Free 19.12.2008
Reneil Sappleton Oxford United On loan 01.01.2009
Dudley Campbell Blackpool On loan 08.01.2009
Nicky Adams Rochdale On loan 19.01.2009
Eric Odhiambo Inverness Caledonian Thistle Free 30.01.2009
James Wesolowski Dundee United On loan 03.02.2009
Reneil Sappleton Telford United On loan 19.03.2009
Conrad Logan Stockport County On loan 27.03.2009
Marc Edworthy Released Free 29.05.2009
Patrick Kisnorbo Released Free 29.05.2009
Paul Henderson Released Free 29.05.2009
Bruno N'Gotty Released Free 29.05.2009
Barry Hayles Released Free 29.05.2009
Jonathan Hayes Inverness Caledonian Thistle Free 20.07.2009
Aman Verma Crewe Alexandra On loan 01.08.2009
James Wesolowski Hamilton Academical On loan 04.08.2009
Joe Mattock West Bromwich Albion £1,000,000 10.08.2009
Harry Worley Crewe Alexandra On loan 14.08.2009
Ashley Chambers Wycombe Wanderers On loan 21.08.2009
Paul Dickov Derby County On loan 29.08.2009
Levi Porter Mansfield Town On loan 11.09.2009
Max Gradel Leeds United On loan 11.09.2009
Craig King Hereford United On loan 17.09.2009
Dudley Campbell Derby County On loan 26.11.2009
Nicky Adams Leyton Orient On loan 15.01.2010
Luke O'Neill Tranmere Rovers On loan 19.01.2010
Ashley Chambers Wycombe Wanderers On loan 21.01.2010
Tom Parkes Burton Albion On loan 22.01.2010
Max Gradel Leeds United Unknown 25.01.2010
Reneil Sappleton Macclesfield Town Free 29.01.2010
Dudley Campbell Blackpool On loan 01.02.2010
Aman Verma Histon On loan 01.02.2010
Paul Dickov Released Free 01.02.2010
Carl Pentney Leamington On loan 13.02.2010
Astrit Ajdarevic Hereford United On loan 25.03.2010
Astrit Ajdarevic Released Free 17.05.2010
Levi Porter Released Free 17.05.2010
Stephen Clemence Retired Unknown 17.05.2010
James Wesolowski Peterborough United Unknown 01.06.2010

Nigel Pearson sold 55 players for £3,300,000
Manager 28 of 36 ordered a-z