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Leicester dismiss director of football Robinson

Director of football Terry Robinson has left Leicester but manager Nigel Pearson retains the faith of the club despite a slump in results.

Robinson has paid the price for Leicester's poor form Credit: PA

Press Association Sport understands the decision is based purely on footballing reasons and Robinson appears to have paid the price for an ineffective summer transfer window.

Of the 10 arrivals in the summer only three - Esteban Cambiasso, Danny Simpson and Ben Hamer - started Saturday's defeat to Manchester City, and Hamer was only in the side because of injury to Kasper Schmeichel.

Robinson was appointed by the Foxes in July 2013 with a remit to "to provide strategic input to the club's football operations at all levels, driving the consistent implementation of the club's football philosophy".

Leicester have not won since beating Manchester United on September 21 and have lost eight of the last nine matches as they plummetted to the bottom of the Premier League.

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FA charge Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: Nick Potts/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Football Association has charged Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson following an apparent spat between him and a fan at his side's game against Liverpool at the King Power Stadium last week.

It is alleged the Foxes boss used abusive language towards a spectator.

Mr Pearson has until six o'clock on Tuesday evening to respond to the charge.

Nigel Pearson: Leicester City manager asked by FA for observations over argument with fan

Pearson has until 6pm on Wednesday to respond to the FA Credit: PA Wire

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has been asked for his observations by the Football Association after an exchange with a supporter during last week's loss to Liverpool, the governing body has said.

Pearson appeared to swear at a supporter after he was subjected to verbal abuse from the person in question.

It is a routine move from the FA and Pearson has until 6pm on Wednesday to come back with his observations for the governing body to look at.

He refused to apologise to the fan despite calls from the Leicester City Supporters Club to say sorry after a video emerged of the argument.

I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment these things happen and there won't be any apology. Let's put it like this, it's best if we don't speak about what happened on either side, I'm not going to repeat what happened here.

I am very keen to protect my players and myself and I'm more than happy to stick up for myself in that situation and, more importantly protect my players, that's the root cause of the problem.

If people were offended by what happened in some ways that is regrettable but there's no need for me to apologise to someone of that ilk.

– Nigel Pearson, Leicester City manager
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Pearson: 'I have no need to apologise over spat with fan'

Nigel Pearson has said he feels no need to apologise following his confrontation with a disgruntled fan during their defeat at home to Liverpool.

The Foxes have not won a game since the 21st of September.

This weekend they travel to Aston Villa - a side who have finally ended their own winless run.

James Clark reports from the King Power Stadium.

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Leicester boss weary of Man Utd 'swagger' on Sunday

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson feels Manchester United have got their "swagger" back ahead of their Premier League clash on Sunday.

The Foxes chief admits Louis van Gaal's side are starting to click after they kick-started their season last week.

A 4-0 Premier League win over QPR was their first victory of the season under Van Gaal after a troubled start which saw them lose to Swansea and suffer a 4-0 humiliation at MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

But Pearson insisted United have begun their road to recovery ahead of their clash at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

He said: "United look like they have a swagger back, they have added quality. Whenever there is a change in manager you can have people who have a short-term impact.

"When you have someone in charge for as long as Sir Alex (Ferguson) the transition period will never be easy.

"They have been a huge presence within the English game for a long time. I'm sure they will reignite that at some point.

"The scrutiny and build up to games like this would suggest there is an awful lot at stake. That in itself can bring different pressures.

"We have to get our preparation right and try and not get too wrapped up in the occasion."

Northampton Town sign Leicester midfielder

Ryan Watson in action for Leicester City under 21s earlier this month Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Northampton Town have signed Leicester City midfielder Ryan Watson on loan until January.

The 20-year-old joined Leicester a year ago, and has been part of their development squad since.

Ryan is a player we have tracked since last Christmas. I have seen him play at least half a dozen times and he has impressed me.

He is an all round good midfield player. He gets about the park, he is strong in the tackle and he can pass the ball well. He wants to come and play senior football and that is a really refreshing attitude.

We have tried to bring him in before and I am really pleased we have been able to get the loan completed now. Thanks to Leicester City for allowing us to borrow Ryan, there is a good relationship between the clubs. They know we will look after him, he will help us and he will also gain valuable experience at the same time.

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager

The Foxes claim deserved point against Arsenal

Ulloa was Leicester's standout player against Arsenal Credit: PA

Leonardo Ulloa claimed a deserved point for Leicester City as they matched Arsenal at the King Power Stadium.

Alexis Sanchez scored his first Premier League goal only for Ulloa to instantly level in the first half.

But Ulloa missed a glorious chance to win it after the break when he fired wide with just Wojciech Szczesny to beat.

The match ended 1-1 and Leicester sit 15th in the league.

You can read the full match report on the ITV Sport website.

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