February 29, 2024

Nigel Pearson, aged 60, who served as both a player for Newcastle United and as a caretaker manager, expressed his surprise at being let go from his position.

Bristol City has decided to terminate the contract of Nigel Pearson, a former Middlesbrough player and caretaker manager for Newcastle United. Pearson, who has been at Ashton Gate for approximately two and a half seasons, was relieved of his managerial duties following the team’s defeat to local rivals Cardiff City in the Championship last Saturday.

This defeat pushed Bristol City down to the 15th position in the league, having accumulated 18 points from their first 14 matches. They currently lag behind the promotion playoffs by five points.

Nigel Pearson pleased with Bristol City's last-gasp draw at Sunderland -  The Irish News

The chairman of the club, Jon Lansdown, acknowledged the difficulty of the decision and expressed gratitude for Nigel’s significant contributions to the club, both on and off the field, over the past two and a half years.

Nigel earned great respect from the staff and players and played a supportive role in developing the Academy structure and the Women’s team. The club had high hopes for Nigel to lead them to promotion, but given the recent results, they believe that a change is necessary at this point to maximize the club’s chances of achieving success.

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