Twitter was ablaze with fury and fun after Nigel Pearson’s sacking from Leicester, for the second time in five months, and it doesn’t sound like a last-minute reprieve from the owner’s son will save him again.
Former Foxes favourite Gary Lineker has markedly changed his tune since getting into a spat with the pugilistic ex-centre-half after Pearson’s weird touchline encounter with Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur in February:
Leicester City have sacked Nigel Pearson! Really? WTF! Could you kindly reinstate him like the last time you fired him?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2015
Others have poked fun at the 51-year-old’s clearly terrible temperament:
My theory is that Nigel Pearson was sacked after repeatedly asking the chairman: “are you an ostrich?”
— Ellis Louise (@elziix) June 30, 2015
However, there has been an outpouring of grief from Leicester fans who watched Pearson lead a team that only managed to string two Premier League wins together once before early April to the heady heights of 14th come the end of May, securing their place at England’s lucrative top table for another term.
Whatever your opinion of him, the former Hull and Southampton chief achieved the improbable over the last nine games of the 2014/15 campaign, with Leicester winning seven times and only going down to eventual champions Chelsea, but it seems Pearson’s son’s involvement in the stupidest sex tape ever made did for his dad.
Tom Hopper, Adam Smith and James Pearson’s King Power Stadium contracts were cancelled after racist footage emerged following Leicester’s end-of-season ‘goodwill’ trip to Thailand, the home of the club’s owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.
With rumours swirling round that Pearson was sacked to avoid further shame on Leicester’s owners, as opposed to football reasons, Srivaddhanaprabha surely won’t want famously one-dimensional former West Ham and Bolton boss Sam Allardyce, the 2/1 favourite with bwin.com to get the gig.
The spectre of Big Sam haunts all managers heading into the season with a team in realistic danger of Premier League relegation (we’re looking at ye Eddie Howe, Quique Flores, Dick Advocaat and Alex Neil!), but Leicester shouldn’t trade style for practically-guaranteed safety in such a rush.
With this in mind, former Real Madrid and Inter midfielder Esteban Cambassio is an interesting contender at 7/1, after the soon-to-be-35-year-old’s excellent first campaign in the Premier League made him a firm favourite among the Foxes faithful.
Appointing Cambiasso would allow Leicester to keep doing what they were doing under Pearson, possibly with much of the former boss’ backroom staff in tow, with the added bonus of a fresh start under the Argentine.
HIs presence in the King Power dugout would surely attract intrigued former colleagues/football acquaintances to the West Midlands, while placating the fans in one fell swoop, although another Foxes midfield legend, in Bolton boss Neil Lennon, must also be of interest at 3/1.