Nigel Pearson has been named Bristol City’s new manager until the end of the season.
The Robins have signed a deal with the 57-year-old until the end of May, who will watch the Sky Bet Championship game against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night before officially taking command on Wednesday before the trip to Swansea City on Saturday.
Pearson will work with the existing staff in the back room of Keith Downing and Paul Simpson.
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Bristol City chairman Jon Lansdown said: “Nigel gives us the leadership and direction we need to build player trust and change our form.”
“The first appointment is until the end of the season, then hopefully we will reassess the situation with a view to the future. However, the immediate priority for Nigel and the coaching team is to stop the currently bad run and move.” we secure the table. “
Mark Ashton, Bristol City CEO added, “Nigel is a highly respected and seasoned manager with a proven track record. We look forward to welcoming him to the club.”
The former manager of Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City and Derby County, Pearson was fired from Watford in July 2020. The club was three points above the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hornets lost their two remaining games of the 2019-20 top season and were relegated to the championship.
Dean Holden was sacked as the city’s head coach following the Robins’ 2-0 loss to Reading, a sixth straight loss in all competitions.
After Holden started the season promisingly with four wins in a row after the first four games, Holden’s team dropped from the first six after eleven defeats in 15 league games since December 1.
A spate of long-term injuries among key players like Andreas Weimann, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda, Joe Williams and Nathan Baker didn’t help Holden’s cause, while City also had to deal with a Covid-19 outbreak in the squad earlier in the campaign.
Assistant head coaches Simpson and Downing oversaw first-team affairs for the City-Barnsley clash on Saturday when a Carlton Morris goal earned the Tykes a 1-0 away win at Ashton Gate, slipping them to 15th place .