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‘Feels like a massive coup’ – Bristol City set to make managerial decision: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

Bristol City are reportedly set to appoint former Leicester City, Derby County and Watford boss Nigel Pearson as their new manager according to The Guardian. 

Pearson has been out of work since being relieved of his duties as Watford manager, after a relatively short spell in charge at Vicarage Road.

It is claimed that the 57-year-old will be appointed as Bristol City’s manager until the end of the 2020/21 season, with the option being there for a long-term deal in the summer.

Bristol City have been in a poor run of form since the turn of the New Year, with the Robins losing their last seven matches in all competitions.

That poor run of form saw Dean Holden dismissed after a 2-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Reading, with the now club edging closer to finding his successor.

But is Pearson the right manager to take charge at Bristol City until the end of this year’s league campaign?

We discuss….

Phil Spencer:

This is certainly a good move for Bristol City.

The Robins have struggled so far this term and so the decision to find a new manager certainly makes sense.

For me Nigel Pearson would be a top appointment.

The former Watford boss could ruffle some feathers but perhaps that’s what is needed of Bristol City are to kick on during the rest of the season and beyond.

Chris Thorpe:

It’s not really an appointment that would inspire me if I was a Bristol City fan.

He’s been around the block and knows the Championship like the back of his hand but I feel like his style of play won’t suit what the club are trying to do.

Pearson’s stock has fallen in recent years and I feel that they could’ve gone for a manager that plays a more attractive brand of football, for example Paul Cook.

It will be interesting to see how he gets on at Ashton Gate but I do feel that they could live to regret bringing him in.

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Ben Wignall:

When we discussed Dean Holden’s future last week a few days before he departed Bristol City, I said that a Nigel Pearson-like manager was needed to get the Robins out of the trouble they’re in.

I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to tempt him into the job, but it seems like they have – and it feels like a massive coup.

Pearson’s managerial nous definitely makes him either a lower-end Premier League manager or a top-end Championship one, and I truly believe he can push Bristol City back towards the play off places.

Whether they crack the top six this season is another matter – they may have left themselves with far too much to do – but it’s definitely a fantastic appointment for the club.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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