Bristol City have appointed Nigel Pearson as manager on a short-term contract until end of 2020-21 Sky Bet Championship season.
Pearson’s appointment comes on a short-term contract with a view to renewing the contract on a longer basis during the off-season, should the club halt their freefalling run of three wins in their last 14 league matches of which Dean Holden oversaw 13 games in that run until his sacking last Tuesday after a home loss to Reading.
Pearson will attend tomorrow evening’s (23 February) trip to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough in an observant role, before assuming responsibility of the first team squad from Wednesday ahead of their away game at Swansea City on 27 February.
The 57 year-old brings a wealth of managerial experience which includes managing Leicester City at this level, in which he took the Foxes up into the Premier League as 2013-14 champions before helping them avoid instant relegation in a crazy campaign which included a 5-3 home victory over Manchester United.
Speaking on the decision to appoint Pearson as manager, Bristol City Chairman, Jon Lansdown said: “Nigel gives us the leadership and direction we need to life the players’ confidence and to turn our form around.”
Chief Executive, Mark Ashton praised Pearson as one of football’s most ‘highly respected and experienced’ managers, adding that the club ‘are looking forward to welcoming him to the club.’
Pearson will work alongside current Assistant Head Coaches, Keith Downing and Paul Simpson, of who were both in joint caretaker managerial charge for Saturday’s narrow defeat to Barnsley.
The Robins were sat sixth after matchweek 17 but managed to spend a further 11 matchweeks in the top ten after nicking just three wins during that period, before further defeats in their last three matches saw them slide to 15th where they currently sit ahead of their trip to Teesside.