It’s safe to say that Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson hasn’t had the spell that he would have hoped for with Bristol City.
The Robins appointed the former Leicester City and Watford boss as their new manager back in February, after a dismal run of results under the management of Dean Holden.
Despite a strong start to life at Ashton Gate, Pearson has struggled for a positive run of results in the Championship, which means that they’re currently sat 18th in the second-tier standings, as they head into their final three matches of this year’s campaign.
It remains to be seen as to whether Pearson will be Bristol City’s manager moving forwards, with his contract being set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 season.
Speaking in a recent press conference (quotes sourced from Bristol Live), Pearson was hopeful that he’ll extend his stay with Bristol City beyond this season, and revealed that talks have already taken place.
“I certainly hope so, yeah, I certainly hope so. But as we’ve already spoken about, I can’t get away from the fact that the results at the moment aren’t good enough. Those types of decisions are to a large extent up for discussion. Listen, our conversation was very positive and we have been in regular contact anyway.”
Pearson went on to admit that he’s keen to see his side put together a positive run of results, and was understanding of their poor run of form being a slight concern.
“Just in the short term it’s about improving our performances and results. I keep saying it’s important to get a response, but at the moment that’s still a positive results and performances elude us, winning games, we have had a couple of more gritty performances, in terms of the draw at home against Nottingham Forest and the Sheffield Wednesday game, and we need to get back to winning ways. And I think the players understand that themselves in terms of igniting their own self-belief.
“I have to just say that what we must now do is be very visible and take the responsibility for our own actions. That’s myself, the players and staff included together, that’s how it has to be.”
Bristol City are set to return to action on Sunday afternoon, when they take on Luton Town, in what is likely to be a closely-fought battle at Ashton Gate.
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He’ll be hoping to be given a chance to impress next season.
It’s difficult to pass judgement on Pearson’s time at the club so far, as he’s obviously not working with players that he brought in, so I think he deserves to have the start of next year’s campaign in charge of the Robins.
If he can bring in players during the summer transfer window that will strengthen their squad, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Bristol City finishing in the top-half next season.
He deserves a shot to impress.