Belfast Telegraph

Pearson unfazed by fan spat

Nigel Pearson insisted his angry row with a fan should galvanise his Leicester strugglers as he expects to escape a club rap.

The Foxes manager admitted he was unaware of any internal club probe into the heated exchange he had with a supporter during Tuesday's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

Fans had called on Pearson to apologise, something he refused to do on Friday, after a video emerged of him reacting to a fan in the crowd but he remained unrepentant.

The club had said they were looking into the matter but Pearson is carrying on as normal ahead of the trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.

"I'm not aware there is an investigation," he said.

"I've been asked a few questions but my job is to continue to manage my team, a team I played big part in developing and had considerable success with in adversity.

"We've come through difficult times before - just not as public. Technology can be a bit of a nuisance at times."

The Foxes are bottom of the Barclays Premier League and without a win in their last nine games but Pearson hopes the controversy will unite them.

"We try to come through adversity," he said. "I've had run-ins with fans in the past and that's how it is. I think the players have very strong feelings about what's going on and feel the need to prove themselves to themselves and to other people.

"It shows solidarity and a belief in what and how we're doing.

"Ultimately I'm not daft, it's a results business and we have to change the trend sooner rather than later. You can't expect things to go swimmingly all the time.

"I've been involved in tricky times in the past. I saw some clips of a banner at Arsenal and find it totally bemusing someone of Arsene Wenger's stature and record is questioned. He can be a very emotional man himself.

"I can move on from events this week."

Pearson also defended the club's owners and said they were abused at the Liverpool game.

He said: "I spoke to Susan Whelan our chief executive after the game, she unfortunately had to deal with box owners giving abuse to our owners.

"I feel it incredible anybody could question the integrity of our owners. It's nothing short of disgraceful."


From Belfast Telegraph