Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson has urged the club to hand him a permanent deal and suggested sorting it in the summer “will be too late”, which has drawn an interesting reaction from many Robins fans.
City were beaten 2-0 by Stoke City yesterday – extending their dismal run at Ashton Gate – in a performance that highlighted the size of the task facing Pearson in Bs3.
The Robins’ place in the Championship is all-but secure but there is still some uncertainty looking ahead with their manager’s current deal only set to run until the end of the season.
After the defeat to the Potters, he was pressed on his future and made his stance clear with a direct response.
Pressed on when he thought a decision would be made over a new contract, he told the Bristol Post: “If it’s in the summer it will be too late.
“If our aspirations are to be a Premier League side then we have probably got between four and six transfer windows to create a squad. This summer, if you consider that we, along with every other EFL squad, have minimal revenue streams.
“I think that this year in particular, however people envisage transfer windows, this one is going to be very different.
“People don’t have money to spend. It’s been a challenge for football clubs throughout the country, and particularly in the EFL, to stay operational at the level they’ve been at before.
“If there are expectations in terms of us being really expressive in the transfer window then I think people are going to be disappointed. We are going to have to be creative, we are going to have to be inventive.
“The timescale of where this club goes from now, to achieve the dream of being in the Premier League, will be affected by finances and the economic market, and the economic state of the game.”
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Pearson has experience building a squad to secure promotion to the Premier League – having done so with Leicester City previously – and will no doubt be keen to make changes to his squad in what would be his first transfer window at the helm.
His strong comments on his future have caused a stir among Robins supporters, with many taking to Twitter to voice their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Hahaha would be very Bristol city and would sum up this season well if we don’t get him that offer soon. https://t.co/ElweNGzQx7
— Jamie (@Jay_Evans1997) April 2, 2021
Pearson clearly wants to stay. Give him full reign on transfers and obviously as much money as FFP will allow and we will not be far away. Get it sorted @stephenlansdow1 👍
— Ricky Hodge (@RickyHodge3) April 2, 2021
Put faith in NP a 3 year contract and the freedom to bring in the backroom staff and players he needs then we will get a shot at the big time
— Mike Nicholls (@miken5000) April 2, 2021
If they don’t sort it ASAP for NP with a guarantee of support to overhaul the squad then the hierarchy at the club have lost the plot. Even if NP is at the helm next year, it could be another sticky season. TBH it should be sorted already. Hopefully it is.
— Cloudgazer (@cumulojimbus72) April 2, 2021
Sounds like what city seem to do a lot lately. Leave things to the last minute to sort out and not say a word to the fans about what is happening
— Rich (@_richthompson) April 2, 2021
He needs to stay. But also he needs to be backed. He clearly isn’t happy with the squad ( which is fair because there is a lot of players who aren’t good enough). He needs to be given chance to remould the team he wants
— BenBCFC (@BristolcityF) April 2, 2021
If he doesn’t stay there will be uproar !!
— Mike (@mike_1977_) April 2, 2021
The club need to make a decision about nigel long term future like now. let him get in and make the big decisions that need to be made. if we leave it until the end of the season he might have another job offer. we will be in a massive mess if that happens
— peter jones (@peterjo40687263) April 2, 2021