Sunday 23 October 2016

Pearson in scathing attack on journalist

Boss Nigel Pearson launched into a bizarre rant against a journalist - calling him an ostrich - after Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Pearson hinted he felt his players had been given unfair criticism this season, despite only climbing out of the relegation zone for the first time since November at the weekend.

He was asked what in particular had upset the manager only to be met with angry responses.

Pearson said: "Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months?

"I think you must have been either 'head in the clouds' or away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don't know the answer to that question your question is absolutely unbelievable, the fact you do not understand where I am coming from.

"If you don't know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no."

Pearson continued to talk at the writer despite a member of Leicester's media team trying to wrap up the press conference.

He added: "Listen, you have been here often enough and for you to ask that question, you are either being very, very silly or you are being absolutely stupid, one of the two because for you to ask that question. I am sorry son, you are daft.

"You are wrong. No, you are wrong. You have been in here, I know you have so don't give that crap with me, please don't give that crap with me. I will smile at you because I can afford to smile at you. Now do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently. Come on, ask it. Ask it or are you not capable?"

Pearson has vented his frustration a number of times this season including:

p Pearson was fined £10,000 and handed a one-match touchline ban after after arguing with a fan during the club's loss to Liverpool in December. The Football Association found Pearson guilty of using "abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator". He refused to apologise despite calls from the Leicester City Supporters' Club to say sorry.

p Pearson was involved in a bizarre altercation with former transfer target James McArthur during his side's 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace in February.

Pearson was initially bowled over on the touchline by McArthur after a tackle by Marc Albrighton, resulting in what was initially a friendly exchange between the Foxes boss and Palace midfielder.

Asked why he refused to let go of McArthur, Pearson replied: "Because he said something to me."

p Following Leicester's 0-0 draw with Hull, Pearson was riled when a reporter asked him whether his team were "waxing" or waning" in the relegation run-in. "I don't have to use that sort of analogy," he responded.

"We are in the same position. We've got ten games left, six games at home, and our home form has to be drastically improved for us to give ourselves the best chance. That's it. You got any more questions you want to ask? Obviously not." Pearson can then clearly be heard saying: "'Waxing or waning?', f****** hell. My a***," before getting up and appearing to utter the word: "P****."

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