Pearson lands Robins role

23 February 2021 22:03:46 GMTPlus11

Bristol City have appointed the experienced Nigel Pearson as their new manager until the end of the season.

The 57-year-old has signed a deal at Ashton Gate until the end of May and will observe Tuesday evening's Championship clash with Middlesbrough before taking official charge at Swansea on Saturday.

Pearson, whose list of previous jobs include manager of Southampton, Leicester, Hull and Derby, was sacked by Watford in July 2020 with the club three points above the Premier League relegation zone.

The Hornets went on to lose their two remaining games of the 2019-20 top-flight season and were relegated to the Championship.

But Pearson returns to management at Ashton Gate, hoping to stop a poor run of results and guide the Robins back into the top-half.

The Robins parted ways with Dean Holden following last week's 2-0 loss at home to Reading, which was a sixth consecutive defeat in all competitions.

City have since made that seven losses in a row after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at home to Barnsley, leaving them 15th in the Championship having not so long ago been playoff contenders.

Bristol City Chairman Jon Lansdown was delighted by the appointment and said: "Nigel gives us the leadership and direction we need to lift the players' confidence and to turn our form around.

"The initial appointment is until the end of the season, when we will reassess the situation, hopefully with a view to the long term.

Landsdown added: "However, the immediate priority for Nigel and the coaching team is to stop the current bad run and move us back up the table."

Bristol City are 6.00 to win at Middlesbrough, who are 1.61 for victory at The Riverside. The draw is a 3.60 chance.

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