Nigel Pearson Set For Leicester Cityby Sean Raymond / 09 November 2011, 10:48Tweet
Hull City manager Nigel Pearson is believed to be very close to joining former club Leicester City with all bookmakers suspending the Next Leicester City Manager betting odds. After weeks of speculation linking a number of different managers to the vacancy The Foxes are now finally close tonaming an appointment, but at a cost, as they will reportedly pay Hull in the region of £400,000 for the 48-year-old. The expected switch will come as a bitter blow to promotion rivals Hull who currently sit just one point outside the play-offs after a decent start to the season.
Since Sven Goran Eriksson was given the boot on 24th October there has been a catalogue of names installed as the bookies favourite for the job, including the likes of Huddersfield Town boss Lee Clark and the out-of-work Roy Keane. With an announcement expected in the next couple of days concerning Pearson's imminent appointment Leicester will now believe that they finally have all the ingredients to mount a promotion push. The club were the pre-season favourites to go up after spending heavily in the summer to put together one of best squads in the Championship. However, results haven't gone their way so far as they find themselves lurking around mid-table.
Pearson previously managed Leicester between 2008 and 2010, guiding the club to the League One title in his very first season. They continued their good form under Pearson the following year where they reached the Championship play-offs only to suffer the heartbreak of losing on penalties. Pearson decided to leave the club to join Hull in June 2010 citing a difficult relationship with Chief Executive Lee Hoos and owner Milan Mandaric. The club are now owned by the Thai company King Power who have made no secret of their desire to win promotion this season.
If, as expected, the move goes through then Pearson's first match in charge will be at home to sixth place Crystal Palace on Sunday 20th November. Paddy Power have City as the 4/6 favourites for the match while Palace can be backed at 4/1, with a draw available at 12/5.
All odds provided by Paddy Power.