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.