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Bristol City could look to replace Nigel Pearson with Mark Robins if results do not improve before next season, according to The Sun on Sunday (11/04, page 67).
Pearson has endured a tough start to life in charge of the Robins, winning only two of his first nine games in charge of the club.
City are winless in their last five games, and haven’t won at Ashton Gate in their last eight matches.
The Robins are all but safe from relegation, sitting 14 points clear of the bottom three despite Rotherham having four games in hand.
But there could be a change in the dugout, with Coventry City boss Mark Robins a candidate to replace Pearson if results do not improve.
Robins’ Coventry beat the Robins 3-1 last week, but a 4-1 defeat to AFC Bournemouth on Saturday sees them sitting six points clear of the drop zone.
Here, we discuss this interesting managerial news…
I’m not too sure what to think of this rumour to be honest.
At the start of the season, I would have said that Robins has earned a move to a club like Bristol City. But Coventry City haven’t been anywhere near good enough in recent months, and they’re in serious danger of being relegated straight back into League One this season.
Therefore, I have to question whether Robins would be a good appointment by Bristol City ahead of the 2021/22 season.
It could be a move that pays off in the future, but at this moment in time, I have to admit that I have my doubts over whether he’d be a good appointment for the Robins.
This would be a big move for Bristol City to make if they were to do so.
Admittedly, Pearson has not brought about the results you might expect someone of his calibre to deliver since taking over at Ashton Gate, so you could understand the club’s frustration in that sense.
However, it could be argued that Pearson has not had a transfer window to put his own mark on the team, and he would at least go into the summer knowing what he wants immediately, whereas as Robins may need time to assess the squad before making a move in the transfer market, which could leave them playing catch up to some of their rivals.
That being said, it cannot be denied that Robins has done an excellent job at Coventry in some difficult circumstances given their off-field situation, and he certainly knows how to manage a side to promotion – albeit at a lower level – meaning you can see why Bristol City may be tempted to take a chance on the 51-year-old.
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This would be a massive call from Bristol City and would show a lot about how well they feel Mark Robins has performed at Coventry City over the last few years. It would also show that Nigel Pearson has not managed to be as impressive as they thought he would be since he took over at Ashton Gate.
Pearson has managed to get a little bit more out of certain individual players than Bristol City were showing before he took over. However, the results especially at home so far have not been at the level that he would have been hoping for or expecting when he took the job.
Robins is a manager that has been able to achieve a lot of success at Coventry in his two spells in charge, despite them having had to deal with a lot of issues off the field. He has also managed to get them on the brink of Championship survival this term which would have been their main aim before the season began.
He can work with young players and develop them, which is something that the Robins could benefit from given some of the promising players they have within their squad. Replacing Pearson with him though would place pressure on his shoulders to push for the top-six next term.