Thursday 22 February 2018

Pearson hits back at MOTD pundits

Nigel Pearson remains in charge of Leicester
Nigel Pearson remains in charge of Leicester

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has rounded on Match of the Day pundits after his scuffle with James McArthur.

The Foxes boss, who was rumoured to have been sacked on Sunday, has accused them of making "a mountain out of a molehill".

Pearson is unhappy with former Leicester player and presenter Gary Lineker and guests Danny Murphy and Jermaine Jenas for their interpretation of his flashpoint with McArthur.

The pair clashed during the Eagles' 1-0 win at Leicester on Saturday after the midfielder collided with the manager, and Pearson appeared to grab McArthur by the throat before holding his shirt.

Lineker called it "strange" and Murphy questioned whether there was an "underlying" issue after McArthur's transfer from Wigan to Leicester collapsed in the summer.

Pearson said: "I thought they were slightly disruptive, yes. I don't care what they think of me, I pay my tax bills. I didn't see it until the morning.

"It's not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill, there's nothing in that on Saturday. The lad's okay and it was very light-hearted.

"He has said that too. It was all very light-hearted, if you see the pictures it was with smiles.

"He's a likeable lad who dealt with it well afterwards. He explained there was nothing going on.

"These things happen. I have had both my knees replaced and I did take quite a nasty tumble.

"I think there's been a disproportionate amount of coverage about one or two negative things which have happened."

Pearson said after the game he could "look after himself" and Lineker responded by tweeting: "Ah Nigel Pearson is blaming MOTD for making a mountain out of a molehill. We'd best be careful in future, the fella can look after himself."

He then hinted on Twitter Pearson was sacked by one member of the Srivaddhanaprabha family, who own the club, before being reinstated by another.

The ex-England striker added when asked if he was a fountain of knowledge: "If I was I'd tell you that he was sacked by one of the owners' family and reinstated by another, but then I'm not."

The club took almost four hours on Sunday evening to dismiss claims Pearson had been axed.

They go to Arsenal on Tuesday bottom of the Barclays Premier League after three straight league defeats but the boss insisted his authority at the club remained intact.

"Everybody I work with would recognise my role at the club as being the leader and that is how I intend it to continue," he said.

"I am very happy to shoulder the responsibility for my football team. I work for a football club I have worked for on two occasions, you think it's three but it's two."

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