Nigel Pearson returns to the dugout with Derby County

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 27 May 2016, 16:39

Nigel Pearson has finally returned from the wilderness after making his anticipated comeback to the managerial arena with Derby County. Pearson, who will be joined by Chris Powell, has signed a three-year contract to replace Darren Wassall - who returns to his previous role as academy director - at the helm.

The ostrich-loving gaffer harshly lost his job with the Foxes last June, and like everyone else watched in bewilderment as the club went on to win the Premier League title - widely regarded as one of the most stunning football stories of all time.

But now,11 months after his departure, Pearson, who has been linked with a plethora of posts (including Aston Villa), has decided to take charge of Derby - a side that recently lost out to Hull in the play-off semi-finals.

Pearson will be tasked with leading the Rams back into the big time, with the club rooted in the Championship since 2008. The 52-year-old previously led Leicester up to the Premier League - as Champions - and can be backed at 12/1 (Sky Bet) to repeat that feat with his new side.

Nigel Pearson Statement:

I am honoured to be named as the manager of Derby County, which is one of the biggest clubs in the country, a club in excellent shape and one with strong ambitions. It is firmly focused on achieving Premier League football.

I will give absolutely everything I have to this role and do all I can to bring exciting, entertaining and winning football which our supporters can be proud of.”

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