After masterminding Leicester’s miraculous escape from relegation, calls for Nigel Pearson to be awarded the LMA Premier League Manager of the Year have started to grow in volume.
The Foxes’ boss deserves plenty of plaudits for his achievement, with his side up to the spikes of their hair in the relegation mire at the end of winter, but anointing him the best performing gaffer in the top flight is a little too extravagant.
Odds of 66/1 that he claims the accolade seem to agree and those thinking they’ve happened across a long shot that could cop must reassess their stance before wading in.
Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho assumes favouritism at 13/20, despite failing to win a single Manager of the Month gong, with the fact that his side have been either top or joint top of the table every day since August 30th.
Pearson can lay claims to overseeing consistency of this calibre too, though at the opposite end of the division, with no side spending longer at the bottom of the league than the Foxes.
This lowly standing was brought about courtesy of runs such as ten losses in 11 games prior to December 28th, while they failed to prevail in eight league outings between the end of January and start of April.
Six wins and a draw from eight since then hauled Leicester clear of danger, but acknowledging someone as the division’s best manager for an entire season based on a profitable octet of games is a ridiculous notion.
For the majority of the season, no manager had fared worse than Pearson, who came perilously close to the sack after a bizarre altercation with James McArthur during the east Midlanders’ 1-0 reverse at home to Crystal Palace.
While the run of results Pearson sparked to prevent his side’s Premier League membership from being revoked was impressive, nobody higher than a lackadaisical, seventh-placed Southampton were beaten, while four of their six wins came at home.
Had the fixture generator not been so lenient on Leicester last summer, this late-stage points accumulation spree probably wouldn’t have been possible and the discussions about Pearson potentially being the best boss this season would’ve been conducted exclusively in maximum-security institutions for those not of sound mind.