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Nigel Pearson apologises to journalist for ostrich jibe

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has apologised after calling a journalist an "ostrich" in a bizarre spat.

Pearson has apologised to Ian Baker. Credit: PA

The Foxes manager was involved in a discussion with writer Ian Baker after being asked to clarify his complaints over the criticism his players had received this season

Pearson then called Baker an "ostrich" because his head "must be in the stand" for not understanding Pearson's viewpoint in the post-match press conference following Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Chelsea on Wednesday.

He opened today's press conference by addressing Baker directly:

"Ian, as you’re here," Pearson said. "I apologise. I think it is right to do it in front of the cameras. I hope it doesn’t ruin our relationship.”

West Ham boss backs Pearson over ostrich rant

West Ham manager Allardyce has backed Pearson. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has defended Leicester counterpart Nigel Pearson after he was branded a bully for a bizarre press conference in which he labelled a journalist "an ostrich".

Allardyce, speaking at his press conference ahead of West Ham's game against Burnley on Saturday, leapt to the defence of his fellow manager and hit out at the furore created around this latest incident.

When you are down there dealing with the pressures that come upon in terms of staying in the Premier League, I think it is a huge pressure for everybody to continue to work under that situation and come through it.

What surprises me is this condescending attitude about what should happen to Nigel that I have been hearing about this morning. People have been talking about bullying and stuff like that - what a load of rubbish. It's an outburst. Simple as that, plain and simple.

But I listen to the world of the media and sometimes it really does baffle me what they come out with in terms of what he should or shouldn't be doing.

– West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.


Pearson: Leicester City have fate in own hands

Pearson's side have hit late winners in their last two matches. Credit: PA

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson says his side's Premier League fate is in their own hands after two last-gasp victories in a week.

The Foxes sealed a dramatic 3-2 win against West Brom on Saturday thanks to late goals from Robert Huth and Jamie Vardy.

It followed similar scenes last week when Andy King struck late in the 2-1 win over West Ham.

The results leave Pearson's men just three points from safety.

One thing we've spoken about recently is we want to keep (our fate) in our own hands for as long as possible. While it's in our own hands you know that the responsibility is solely with ourselves. In many ways that's the driving force for us but we've still got an awful lot to do. We've got to try and force the issue between now and the end of the season. It's going to be tough but we'll give it a good shot.

– Nigel Pearson


Leicester boss Pearson praises "outstanding" Cambiasso

Esteban Cambiasso struck after 12 minutes in the Foxes 2-1 win Credit: PA

Veteran midfield Esteban Cambiasso would have been Leicester boss Nigel Pearson's man of the match even without his goal in their 2-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

The 34-year-old former Read Madrid, Inter Milan and Argentina player helped the Foxes to their first win in nine league matches, striking the ball first time from just outside the box in the 12th minute to put his side 1-0 up.

The win at the King Power Stadium cut the gap between Leicester and safety to four points with eight games to play.

Even if he hadn't scored the goal, I would still have said he was man of the match.

And with the goal, I think it is pretty obvious he was. I think he was outstanding.

I was really pleased with his contribution against West Ham and the other players have a very healthy respect for him.

– Nigel Pearson
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