Football: Former manager Pearson gets 'credit' for role in Leicester's title triumph

Former Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson has been given "credit" for his role in the football team's Premier League title triumph.
Former Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson has been given "credit" for his role in the football team's Premier League title triumph. PHOTO: ACTION IMAGES

LONDON (AFP) - Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha has said former manager Nigel Pearson deserves "credit" for his role in the Foxes' Premier League title triumph.

The Midlands club, who were 5,000-1 rank outsiders in pre-season, will receive the Premier League trophy after Saturday's final home game of the season against Everton.

Pearson, widely praised for overseeing Leicester's escape from relegation last season, was sacked by the Foxes' Thai owners before the start of the current campaign.

His departure came less than a fortnight after his son James, a young player on the club's staff, had been sacked along with fellow squad members Tom Hopper and Adam Smith following an investigation into allegations they racially abused women. The trio were engaging in sex acts in a hotel room while on a club goodwill trip to Thailand.

Pearson was replaced by Claudio Ranieri and it is the Italian who is now savouring Leicester's stunning triumph.

"I understand the situation but it's happened. We have to fight the right way for the club so I had to make the decision," said Srivaddhanaprabha. "It's difficult to say (whether they would have won the title with Pearson). It's a different way to manage. That's why I give credit to all the ex-managers, Nigel Pearson and Sven-Goran Eriksson."