English Premiership

Leicester keen to move on

2015-05-02 10:20
Jamie Vardy scores the winner for Leicester City (Getty Images)

Leicester - Leicester City will look to take a step closer towards Premier League safety after a week where manager Nigel Pearson made bizarre headline news.

Despite seeing his side perform admirably in the 3-1 defeat by Chelsea on Wednesday, Pearson's outburst at a journalist following that match dominated the agenda ahead of the match against Newcastle on Saturday.

The 51-year-old reacted to a query on his claim that his side have received recent criticism by labelling the reporter an "ostrich" in a two-minute putdown.

Pearson went on to apologise to the journalist in his press conference on Thursday where questions about his off-the-field behaviour came to the fore.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough captain has already been banned from the touchline after abusing a supporter against Liverpool, was involved in an unsavoury altercation with Crystal Palace's James McArthur and also swore at another journalist following a game this season.

"Apologies for last night," Pearson said Thursday following his latest outburst.

"I think it is right to do it in front of the cameras and hope it does not ruin our relationship."

"They wheel us out and I was not happy about losing. The players worked exceptionally hard. It is frustrating but there we are, we move on."

He added: "There has been some unfair criticism of the team, it has been mixed. Some observations have been made by people who have not seen a large proportion of our season.

"I react. Is it pressure? Might be. It's emotion more than anything. I'm not afraid of showing my emotions.

"I get labelled with certain titles which is people's prerogative and I also accept when I've strayed out of line so it is only right to apologise.

"I'm not trying to win any popularity contest and don't think I will be in the running for any of that.

"I've apologised and if it was more private I would apologise one-to-one. But it has been in the public eye."

On the field, Pearson is still waiting to see if Andy King (hamstring) and Robert Huth (calf) will be fit to feature as his side look to go within one point of their opponents.

The pair are extremely doubtful after they went off with first-half injuries against Chelsea.


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