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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 Pos Result Opposition Competition
109.08.200842 - 0MK Dons (H)League One
212.08.2008-1 - 0Stockport County (H)League Cup 1
316.08.200830 - 0Stockport County (A)League One
423.08.200823 - 1Tranmere Rovers (H)League One
527.08.2008-2 - 3Fulham (A)League Cup 2
630.08.200814 - 0Cheltenham Town (A)League One
702.09.2008-3 - 0Hartlepool United (A)League Trophy 1
813.09.200860 - 1Millwall (H)League One
920.09.200853 - 1Leyton Orient (A)League One
1023.09.2008-0 - 0Lincoln City (H)League Trophy 2
1127.09.200841 - 0Hartlepool United (H)League One
1230.09.200811 - 0Colchester United (A)League One
1304.10.200813 - 2Huddersfield Town (A)League One
1418.10.200821 - 1Oldham Athletic (A)League One
1521.10.200832 - 2Walsall (H)League One
1625.10.200840 - 0Northampton Town (H)League One
1728.10.200862 - 3Brighton & Hove Albion (A)League One
1801.11.200852 - 1Bristol Rovers (H)League One
1904.11.2008-0 - 2Rotherham United (A)League Trophy 3
2008.11.2008-3 - 0Stevenage Borough (H)FA Cup 1
2111.11.200811 - 0Yeovil Town (H)League One
2215.11.200822 - 2Swindon Town (A)League One
2322.11.200812 - 1Scunthorpe United (A)League One
2425.11.200812 - 1Crewe Alexandra (H)League One
2529.11.2008-3 - 2Dagenham & Redbridge (H)FA Cup 2
2606.12.200813 - 0Southend United (H)League One
2713.12.200812 - 1Carlisle United (A)League One
2820.12.200814 - 0Peterborough United (H)League One
2926.12.200811 - 1Leeds United (A)League One
3028.12.200812 - 1Hereford United (H)League One
3103.01.2009-0 - 0Crystal Palace (H)FA Cup 3
3210.01.200913 - 0Leyton Orient (H)League One
3314.01.2009-1 - 2Crystal Palace (A)FA Cup 3 rep
3419.01.200912 - 0Yeovil Town (A)League One
3524.01.200914 - 2Huddersfield Town (H)League One
3627.01.200910 - 0Brighton & Hove Albion (H)League One
3731.01.200912 - 1Northampton Town (A)League One
3803.02.200914 - 1Walsall (A)League One
3907.02.200910 - 0Oldham Athletic (H)League One
4014.02.200911 - 1Swindon Town (H)League One
4117.02.200912 - 2Hartlepool United (A)League One
4221.02.200911 - 0Bristol Rovers (A)League One
4328.02.200912 - 2MK Dons (A)League One
4403.03.200911 - 1Stockport County (H)League One
4507.03.200914 - 0Cheltenham Town (H)League One
4611.03.200910 - 2Tranmere Rovers (A)League One
4714.03.200911 - 0Millwall (A)League One
4821.03.200911 - 1Colchester United (H)League One
4928.03.200910 - 2Peterborough United (A)League One
5004.04.200912 - 2Carlisle United (H)League One
5111.04.200913 - 1Hereford United (A)League One
5213.04.200911 - 0Leeds United (H)League One
5318.04.200912 - 0Southend United (A)League One
5424.04.200912 - 2Scunthorpe United (H)League One
5502.05.200913 - 0Crewe Alexandra (A)League One
5608.08.200942 - 1Swansea City (H)Championship
5712.08.2009-2 - 0Macclesfield Town (A)League Cup 1
5815.08.200970 - 0Ipswich Town (A)Championship
5918.08.200981 - 1Sheffield United (A)Championship
6022.08.200961 - 0Barnsley (H)Championship
6125.08.2009-1 - 2Preston North End (A)League Cup 2
6231.08.200990 - 1Newcastle United (A)Championship
6312.09.200962 - 1Blackpool (H)Championship
6415.09.200971 - 1Peterborough United (H)Championship
6519.09.200993 - 3Watford (A)Championship
6626.09.2009101 - 2Preston North End (H)Championship
6729.09.200981 - 0Middlesbrough (A)Championship
6803.10.200971 - 1Coventry City (A)Championship
6917.10.200980 - 0Derby County (H)Championship
7020.10.200982 - 0Crystal Palace (H)Championship
7126.10.200951 - 0Reading (A)Championship
7230.10.200922 - 1Queens Park Rangers (A)Championship
7307.11.200961 - 2West Bromwich Albion (H)Championship
7421.11.200931 - 0Plymouth Argyle (H)Championship
7528.11.200931 - 1Scunthorpe United (A)Championship
7605.12.200941 - 5Nottingham Forest (A)Championship
7708.12.200971 - 3Bristol City (H)Championship
7812.12.200943 - 0Sheffield Wednesday (H)Championship
7926.12.200942 - 1Sheffield United (H)Championship
8002.01.2010-2 - 1Swansea City (H)FA Cup 3
8110.01.201051 - 1Ipswich Town (H)Championship
8216.01.201070 - 1Swansea City (A)Championship
8323.01.2010-2 - 4Cardiff City (A)FA Cup 4
8426.01.201080 - 1Barnsley (A)Championship
8530.01.201080 - 0Newcastle United (H)Championship
8606.02.201062 - 1Blackpool (A)Championship
8709.02.201060 - 0Doncaster Rovers (H)Championship
8813.02.201065 - 1Scunthorpe United (H)Championship
8916.02.201061 - 1Bristol City (A)Championship
9020.02.201061 - 1Plymouth Argyle (A)Championship
9123.02.201051 - 0Doncaster Rovers (A)Championship
9227.02.201053 - 0Nottingham Forest (H)Championship
9306.03.201050 - 2Sheffield Wednesday (A)Championship
9413.03.201051 - 0Cardiff City (H)Championship
9516.03.201041 - 0Crystal Palace (A)Championship
9621.03.201042 - 2Coventry City (H)Championship
9724.03.201041 - 2Reading (H)Championship
9827.03.201060 - 1Derby County (A)Championship
9930.03.201061 - 2Cardiff City (A)Championship
10002.04.201060 - 3West Bromwich Albion (A)Championship
10105.04.201064 - 0Queens Park Rangers (H)Championship
10210.04.201052 - 1Peterborough United (A)Championship
10317.04.201054 - 1Watford (H)Championship
10424.04.201051 - 0Preston North End (A)Championship
10502.05.201052 - 0Middlesbrough (H)Championship
10609.05.2010-0 - 1Cardiff City (H)Championship sf leg 1
10712.05.2010-3 - 2Cardiff City (A)Championship sf leg 2

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 38 ordered a-z

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