Sunday 18 March 2018

Pearson seeks Wilkinson advice

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson will seek advice from Howard Wilkinson
Leicester manager Nigel Pearson will seek advice from Howard Wilkinson

Nigel Pearson has revealed he has turned to former manager Howard Wilkinson to help Leicester's survival bid.

The Foxes boss has taken advice from Wilkinson, who he played under at Sheffield Wednesday, as Leicester battle the drop.

They host Swansea on Saturday looking for a third straight win and will escape the drop zone for the first time since November if Burnley fail to win at Everton and they beat Swansea by three goals.

Pearson has come under the spotlight this season after a foul-mouthed spat with a fan and a bizarre touchline altercation with Crystal Palace's James McArthur.

Wilkinson, who won the First Division title with Leeds in 1992, had been a mentor for Pearson before this season and he has spoken to the ex-England caretaker manager for advice.

Pearson said: "On a professional level I have one or two people I speak to if there's something I need a bit of feedback on. Howard Wilkinson is one.

"I have a lot of respect for people I have worked with. I have friends and family I speak to, my wife remains a very important person for me in terms of getting a balanced view on life.

"I have a lot of very good friends and colleagues at Leicester and the good thing about how we work is we're all doing a job in preparing the players but the coaches do stretch themselves as well."

The Foxes have beaten West Ham and West Brom in their last two games and still have to play relegation rivals Sunderland, Burnley and QPR.

But Pearson, who has a fully fit squad, wants complete focus on the Swans as they bid to become only the third team to survive in the Barclays Premier League after being bottom at Christmas.

He said: "It is important for us now that the players, and everyone else at the club, stay very much focused on now what is a seven-game season.

"Yes, there are lots of positives, especially getting six points, but we have still got an awful lot to do, and that is why there is no room for us to take any other stance than that.

"I know we have had our critics, but I have been very proud of how the players have coped with the setbacks they have had."

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