Three weeks ago I woke up to the news that Sven Goran-Eriksson had been sacked by Leicester which, despite our inconsistent form, was quite a shock. Personally I’ve always been a big fan of the Swede but whether he’s suited to club football is one that could be debated. No sooner had he departed then the speculation started about his replacement with a host of names being mentioned. Obviously Martin O’Neill was linked with it straight away and as much as I love him I don’t really think its a good idea to go back to a club, particularly when you’ve been so successful there. Ironic then that the next man rumoured to be top of the list was ex-City manager Nigel Pearson who is statistically the clubs most successful manager.
Anyway, yesterday it was finally confirmed that he was to return following a week of waiting while Leicester and Hull discussed compensation or whathaveyounot. I have to say that I’m quite under-whelmed by the appointment and the man himself who often comes across as really dour in the media interviews. Having said that you really can’t argue with his record at the club having taken over in the Summer of 2008 and guided us straight back up as Champions. The 2009-2010 season back in The Championship was a great campaign too and if it wasn’t for a couple of penalties in the play-off semi final against Cardiff who knows what may have happened. Pearson seems to have a strong distrust of the media which will surely hamper his career if he doesn’t address it. However, as much as that side of things can help, it is a results business that we live in and if he finishes the job he started back in the Milan Mandaric era then it won’t matter to most how he comes across in the media.