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Backing Nigel Pearson

Backing Nigel Pearson

With Rupert and Michael back at the helm there are sure to be a lot of changes at the club over the coming weeks. Rumours abound regarding managerial changes, investors (yeah right!!) and an overhaul of the playing staff.

But are any of the stories from 'informed sources' true? People claiming to be in the know are still rattling on about Jonathan Fulthorpe's consortium being on the verge of taking over the club, bringing in Sam Allardyce as manager and offering Nigel Pearson the assistant manager role. It seems to be gaining a lot of momentum for a rumour but I'm still highly sceptical for various reasons.

Something about Sam makes me think that he wouldn't want to work on the south coast in the first place. He comes across as a gritty northerner and probably thinks we're all a bunch of passionless softies. Bit judgemental maybe but it's just an opinion. Also I think he has just enough integrity not to want to stamp on a man he's worked closely with in the past. He's probably got his sights firmly set on a Prem team, although whether or not he'll get that opportunity is open to debate. Really it's just an unsubstantiated feeling. I don't think he's right for us, and for that matter, we're not right for him.

It's hard to be ruthlessly logical when talking about Nigel Pearson. He's obviously a top, top man. His integrity and dignity won him a lot of respect last season, as did his bravery in rebuilding progressively from the back even though time was not on his side. In the end it paid off and a large majority of fans, me included, think the very least he deserves is a one year contract to really prove himself.

Is this just sentiment? I don't think so. He really has proved himself worthy of the job in my eyes. But Saints being Saints I'm sure we'll let him slip through the net and watch with a sickening feeling as he transforms a struggling club into contenders while we flounder with some big-shot manager that can't get along with Rupert Lowe. I'd rather forego the rumoured investment if it meant Nigel staying. He's a prized asset at a club with very few hereos and his departure would be yet another body blow for Saints fans. I already feel battered by everything that's happened. Letting Nigel go would put me firmly on the canvas.

Writer:Steve_Kingsland73
Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
Time: 2:23PM

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He'll have a dozen games & then duck head will get twitchy & fire him if you're not top 8.
storagematt
21/05/2008 14:35:00
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id be surprised if he even gets that.Lowe's too up his own crack to acknowledge that anyone not appointed by him could be any good.
lateralus73
21/05/2008 14:40:00
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I love Pearson. I've said it time after time in forum. Lowe is so determined to get rid of anything with Crouch/McMenemy links that the risk of losing Pearson is high. I just hope when I turn the radio on today it says Pearson is staying.
Silver
22/05/2008 05:30:00
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Agree with Matt with Lowe's record three defeats and he is out!
eastneydave
23/05/2008 15:47:00
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Great, Hoddle has leeked that he was asked by Lowe to be manager again but he turned it down. Guess Pearson will only be staying until Lowe finds someone else to do the job.
Silver
24/05/2008 08:11:00
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Pearson gone. I will miss him. He was appreciated and the fans loved him, I hope he knows that. I for one will be raising a glass to him for the future. He deserved better than us. Bye Pearson and thankyou.
Silver
01/06/2008 11:30:00
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what a strange decision hope it backfires for your board
mick66owl
02/06/2008 19:14:00
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I was surprised to see you get rid of Pearson. I am sure most of your talent will be sold from underneath the new manager. Iw onder if he realises the task infront of him?
dazza71
07/06/2008 07:28:00
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Does he speak english?
Et_tu_Pompeii
15/06/2008 15:26:00
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Financially, it would be a good idea to have a 'we can fire you at will' clause in his contract.
Et_tu_Pompeii
15/06/2008 15:29:00
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