Wednesday 25 June 2014
Leicester City have announced that manager Nigel Pearson has signed a new three-year contract.
Pearson, who took over the reins of the club two-and-a-half years ago, guided the Foxes to promotion to the Barclays Premier League last season, when they won their first ever Football League title with 31 victories and 102 points – both club records.
"From the first day I met Nigel, I knew he was the man to take us into the Premier League and I am delighted that he has been able to help us deliver that for our fans," Leicester vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha told the club's website. "He is a man of fine principles, a great leader and he believes in our long term vision for Leicester City, while his qualities in coaching, motivation and player development have been evident in our success on the pitch.
"I feel very proud to be the manager of a club with genuine ambition, a clear direction and loyal owners prepared to support its development"
"Nigel is the perfect fit for our football club and his ambitions, both short and long-term, match ours."
"I have always seen my long-term future, and that of my staff, at Leicester City," said Pearson, whose assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh also agreed new deals until June 2017. "On the back of the success we have worked so hard to achieve, I have always been confident that my future would remain here.
"I feel very proud to be the manager of a club with genuine ambition, a clear direction in which it wants to go and loyal owners that are prepared to support its development."
Now in his second spell as manager Pearson boasts the best win percentage (51.41 per cent) of any manager in the club's 130-year history. Between 2008 and 2010, the 50-year-old led the Foxes to immediate promotion from their first ever season in the third tier of English football, before narrowly missing out on successive promotions to the top flight following defeat to Cardiff City in the Championship Play-Offs a year later.
After an 18-month spell with Hull City, he returned to Leicester in November 2011 under the club's new owners, King Power International, and began a journey that would ultimately lead the Foxes back to the Barclays Premier League after a 10-year absence.
Pearson's squad will return for pre-season training in early-July, as they begin preparations for the club's first top-flight season in a decade, starting at home to Everton on Saturday 16 August.
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