Nigel Pearson returns to the dugout with Derby Countyby Jack Kitson / 27 May 2016, 16:39Tweet
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.”