Bristol City Appoint Nigel Pearson: Here’s what his Championship record looks like

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 22 February 2021, 20:22

Bristol City have appointed Nigel Pearson, who has become the club’s third different manager in the space of eight months following the respective departures of Lee Johnson and Dean Holden.

Pearson, who has signed a short-term deal until the end of the season, will be tasked with rejuvenating a woefully out of form side who have lost their last six league games on the spin; a shocking sequence of results which has seen the club plummet down the table.

The 15th-placed club are now 10 points adrift of the play-offs and 10 points above the relegation zone with 15 matches left to play.

The former Leicester City manager will look to draw on all his experience to spark his new troops back into life, which includes six previous jobs in the Championship (one as caretaker).

Below we take a look at how Pearson has fared in those half-a-dozen second-tier posts...

West Brom (caretaker)

Pearson was temporarily elevated from assistant to caretaker manager of West Brom back in September 2006 following the exit of Bryan Robson.

Pearson oversaw a 3-1 victory over Cheltenham in the League Cup, before he picked up seven points from three Championship games, which included a 4-2 thumping of Leeds and a 5-1 hammering of Ipswich.

He then handed over the reins to Tony Mowbray who led the Baggies to 5th.

Championship Matches: 3

Wins: 2

Draws: 1

Defeats: 0

Win Rate: 66.67%

Finishes: N/A


It’s been almost 13 years to the day since Pearson took charge of a previously struggling Southampton side who were 18th in the Championship.

"He is a disciplinarian with a strong work ethic and I believe he will inject new impetus into our campaign," the Saints said upon his appointment at St Mary’s.

Just 17,806 turned up to see his first game in charge, a 2-0 defeat at home to Plymouth, and while Pearson would go on to just about save his side from the drop - in dramatic fashion on the final day of the season (see video) - he was replaced in the summer by Jan Poortvliet.

The Saints were subsequently relegated to League One the following season.

Championship Matches: 14

Wins: 3

Draws: 7

Defeats: 4

Win Rate: 21.43%

Finishes: 20th

Leicester City (First Spell)

Pearson was then swiftly appointed at the club who were previously relegated to League One at Southampton’s expense, Leicester City, and in his first season in charge he propelled the Foxes back into the Championship after winning League One.

A 5th-place finish followed but Pearson was denied back-to-back promotions after his side lost to Cardiff on penalties in the play-off semi-finals.

In the summer Pearson left to take charge of Hull.

Championship Matches (including play-offs): 48 

Wins: 22

Draws: 13

Defeats: 13

Win Rate: 45.83%

Finishes: 5th


Pearson proceeded to guide Hull, who had been relegated from the Premier League, to an 11th-place finish.

The following season the Tigers were knocking on the door of the play-offs, only for Pearson to then switch back to his old club Leicester following the club’s change of ownership.

Hull eventually finished 8th under Nick Barmby.

Championship Matches: 61

Wins: 23

Draws: 20

Defeats: 18

Win Rate: 37.7%

Finishes: 11th

Leicester City (second spell)

Upon returning to Leicester - where he replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson - Pearson finished a place (9th) and two points below his former employers Hull; although he’d elevated Leicester’s position by three places.

The following season saw Leicester finish 6th, only to then suffer play-off heartache in one of the most extraordinary climaxes to a match in football history - see video - however, they responded in style by winning the Championship in 2014 with a whopping 102 points.

Pearson would go on to preserve the club’s Premier League status (14th) after a miraculous finish to the season, only to fall out with the club and leave in the summer - his successor Claudio Ranieri incredibly went on to win the title.

Championship Matches (including play-offs): 124 

Wins: 63

Draws: 28

Defeats: 33

Win Rate: 50.81%

Finishes: 9th, 6th, 1st


It’s now stretched to over four years since Pearson last managed in the Championship, at Derby, a stint best forgotten.

He was handed a three-year contract ahead of the 2016/17 season, but just two months into the campaign he was suspended after he clashed with the club’s owner Mel Morris, then departed by mutual consent in October.

Championship Matches: 9

Wins: 1

Draws: 3

Defeats: 5

Win Rate: 11.11%

Finishes: N/A 9th, 6th, 1st


In four full Championship seasons Pearson has three top-six finishes which includes a league title with Leicester, while his lowest standing was 11th

In total - including caretaker and play-off matches - Pearson has won 114 of his 253 Championship matches which gives him a win rate of 45%.

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