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Nigel Pearson has completed one of the strangest managerial moves you’ll hear about this year

The former Leicester boss has moved to Belgium, and his new employers know him very well

We haven’t heard about Nigel Pearson for a while (probably because our head’s in the sand, like a ostrich).

But the former Leicester and Derby manager is back in our consciousness after agreeing a move to Belgium second-tier club OH Leuven.

Bit strange, you say.

But what’s really peaked our interest is that Leuven is owned by none other than the King Power International Group lead by Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who also own Leicester.

According to Belgium network Sporza, Pearson was given the job last night after former coach Dennis van Wijk was sacked.

In a club statement, Pearson said: “I look forward to throwing myself back to football and working with King Power again.

“I know how to develop the club and I would like to contribute to it.

“The club has a lot of good players and a good staff.

“I can not wait to work with them to achieve our goals. ”

Pearson – who’s been out of football for a year after he was sacked by Derby – famously took Leicester to the Premier League back in 2014.

And he managed to keep them in the top-flight the following season after an almighty end-of-season turnaround that saw Leicester go from bottom of the table and seven points adrift in April to eventually finish in 14th place.

Nigel Pearson has revealed his interest in becoming Middlesbrough's new manager

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He genuinely scares us a little

However, he was axed by the board at the end of that season largely due to his son’s role in a racist incident involving three other Leicester reserve players in a post-season tour of Thailand.

He was of course then replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who did nothing noteworthy at all during his time with the Foxes, right?

Claudio Ranieri was a Premier League champion with Leicester last season

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He did alright, didn’t he?

Following Pearson’s dismissal, the club’s board said: “The working relationship between Nigel and the Board is no longer viable.”

So, with that in mind, why on earth would the King Power group turn to him again?

Let the conspiracy theories commence. 


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