Pearson insists recent sackings not affecting him

By Carl Markham

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson insists the start of the managerial merry-go-round has not put him under any more pressure.

Newcastle visit the King Power Stadium in the FA Cup today with Magpies assistant John Carver at the helm with Alan Pardew poised for a return to Crystal Palace.

The sacking of Neil Warnock at Selhurst Park was followed almost immediately by the dismissal of Alan Irvine at West Brom and Pearson would appear to be the one now most under threat with his side bottom of the Premier League and four points from safety.

A cup game is probably the last thing he wants having taken an important four points from their last two matches but knows his future will not be decided on whether Leicester are successful in the knock-out competition.

And the fact Newcastle are currently in a state of flux will not affect his planning for the game.

"I probably won't change my approach at all," he said.

"Unfortunately before Christmas there were none and now there are three of four (managerial) changes.

"Football has been blighted with too many changes - this season has been slightly different, but one goes and it seems to be a signal for changes. I can't spend too much time analysing how that works out as I am sure John Carver will be preparing his home town side very well.

"All I can do is focus on our own situation. I will always do the job I feel is correct for us but it is inevitable as a manager you will lose your job."

Pearson will make a number of changes for the cup match as he tries to lessen the effect of four matches over the festive period.

While a win against Newcastle would provide an important confidence-booster the Foxes boss believes his side have already shown they can compete against established Premier League clubs.

"It is fair to say we have made a number of changes through this period of games but there is no right or wrong way to do it," he said.

"To play against Newcastle at home gives us the chance to build on some decent results."