The future of Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson was dunked into the toilet of uncertainty last night, though the Foxes are yet to flush their promotion-winning boss.
It was reported that, following a 1-0 defeat against Crystal Palace, the 51-year-old had been dismissed, only for said claims to rebuffed this morning, which saw Pearson take training as normal.
Presumably, he will be sat in the away dugout when the east Midlanders’ travel to Arsenal next for a match they’re rated at 17/2 to win.
This must be the way it remains until at least the end of the season if the Leicester head honchos are of sound mind, for dispensing with Pearson’s services now would be a bonkers move warranting incarceration.
Their situation may be a desperate one – the Palace reverse left them bottom of the table and four points adrift of safety – but the 2/5 about them being relegated is in no way nailed on.
Given the sheer raft of similarly skilled sides loitering in the Premier League’s nether regions, their hopes of overhauling the current deficit should remain intact.
Furthermore, the staunch support the hierarchy showed Pearson during January, where £9m was splurged on striker Andrej Kramaric, in addition to other arrivals, is not the way a board considering changing their manager would typically behave.
If he were to be ousted, his potential replacement wouldn’t be able to recruit players of his choosing, which is likely to put the most desirable coaches off taking the reigns.
There’s also the grim destiny that awaits those who bin their boss after the January transfer window’s closure to consider.
Of the seven teams to have taken this course of action this decade, five have been relegated, while one of the survivors, Sunderland, didn’t go down but dropped a place in the table.
If Leicester were going to sack Pearson, the time to have done it would’ve been following their Boxing Day defeat to Spurs, which marked a tenth loss in 11 outings, with a draw occurring in the remaining game of this run.
Having kept faith with him after that horrendous patch, taking drastic action now is certain to have dire ramifications.