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Allardyce: Foxes fans should show loyalty to Pearson

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester fans should show some "loyalty" and remember just where manager Nigel Pearson has taken the club, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

Pearson, whose side are three points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table ahead of a trip to the fourth-placed Irons tomorrow, has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.

The Foxes boss had refused to apologise to the supporter despite a video emerging of the incident during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 2.

Allardyce - himself the subject of boos from some of the West Ham faithful last season - believes Pearson should be commended for taking the east Midlands club back up to the top flight following a decade in the wilderness, which also included a spell in League One.

"There is a turning point because what happens at football clubs, expectation grows, people think you are just going to be able to go in there and be successful from a period of great joy," said Allardyce, who took West Ham up via the play-offs in 2012 and successfully retained their Premier League status.

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"It is the fact that instead of watching your team win every week, it is a big adjustment for the fans when they find out it is not that easy any more. I suppose the expectation was built even higher when they beat Manchester United 5-3 and of course the Leicester fans have not remembered where Nigel has taken the club from and to in a short period of time, so they should show him a bit more patience and a bit more loyalty."

West Ham, who have lost just once in 10 matches, will see their ambitions tested with Christmas fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal, so Allardyce knows the importance of a positive result tomorrow.

"Leicester are a hard team to break down, they work very hard for each other, despite their run of games without a win, they haven't been turned over by anyone, it's only ever by the odd goal, so there are a lot of dangers in Nigel's teams that we need to be well aware of," he said.


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