Nigel Pearson’s future at Bristol City appears to be uncertain, with Steve Lansdown reportedly jetting over to England to hold talks with the board.
Pearson has endured a shaky start to life in charge of the Robins, yielding only two wins from his first nine games in charge.
The Robins are winless in their last five matches and are yet to win a game at home under Pearson, scoring only one goal at Ashton Gate in that time.
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There could well be a change in the dugout for the second time this season, with Steve Lansdown flying to England to hold talks with the board over whether to keep him in charge or not, according to Football Insider.
Here, we take a look at two pros and two cons to the Robins making a bold managerial decision on the 57-year-old, who has spent less than two months at the helm…
Pro: Potential managerial bounce
As City experienced when Pearson first took the reins at Ashton Gate, there is every chance of benefiting from a managerial bounce.
City aren’t out of the woods in regards to the relegation dogfight, and as Pearson insisted last week, they still aren’t safe from the drop.
Ending the season strongly and gaining momentum heading into next season is important, as it would give fans an extra reason to be excited ahead of their return to stadiums. A change in fortunes can affect the whole mood and help turn things around.
Pro: Building for the long-term?
Of course, short-term success could also breed long-term success.
Pearson is 57 and isn’t exactly the new kid on the block, so bringing in more of a progressive coach could help them build a long-term project.
Having a long-term project in place is essential for every club, and a clear direction is needed.
This current uncertainty cannot be helpful at all, especially ahead of a full summer transfer window.
Con: Has he been hard done by?
It’s fair to say that Pearson has had a lot to contend with since arriving at Ashton Gate.
The injury list is huge, with the likes of Jamie Paterson, Alfie Mawson, Nathan Baker, Liam Walsh, Jay Dasilva, Andreas Weimann and Chris Martin all missing.
You do wonder that had those players been available, would results have been different?
Con: Is he the main problem?
You also have to wonder whether the problem is actually Pearson, or whether it’s a mentality within the dressing room.
Results and performances were both poor under Dean Holden before Pearson came in, with morale dipping after a flying start to the season.
You can change a manager, but can’t change a whole dressing room, which may be the main problem here.