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Watford next manager after Nigel Pearson

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Watford – Nigel Pearson

Nigel Pearson has been appointed as Watford's third manager of the season following the recent sacking of returning manager Quique Sanchez Flores who won just one two of his 12 games at the helm in his second spell. In Pearson, they have opted for a manager known for his ability to excel in a backs-to-the wall situation and one who knows how to traverse a relegation dogfight.

Pearson was born in Nottingham in 1963 and has spent a great deal of his footballing career in and around his Midlands homeland. He entered the game as an academy graduate from Heanor Town in 1981. Following this, he was snapped up by Shrewsbury Town where he established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet within a year or two. A tough tackling, old-school defender, Pearson's grit and steel played a highly beneficial role in amassing 153 appearances for the club in which he scored five times After this he made another 180 appearances for Sheffield Wednesday where he began to make a name for himself on a national level, wining the League Cup in the 1990-91 season and captaining the Owls to Second Division promotion in the same campaign.

After his time at Wednesday, Pearson made the switch to Middlesbrough where he would play over a century of games in the league and score five goals. He would win promotion to the top-tier twice and get a silver medal in the FA Cup before calling time on a very successful playing career. He made the switch into management almost immediately, taking the reins at Carlisle United in the 1998-1999 season - one which will go down in English football folklore for on-loan goalkeeper Jimmy Glass scoring an injury time winner which saved the club from relegation. He then embarked on a slew of caretaker jobs at West Brom, the England Under-21 side and two with Newcastle United between 2007 and 2008.

His first permanent senior position in almost a decade came when he was appointed as manager of Southampton. After just three wins in 14, though, Pearson was dismissed. He would have a first spell with Leicester City in 2010, overseeing 100+ games, winning 55 of them. During this spell, he guided the Foxes to League One promotion. It was a feat he would repeat in 2013-14, but this time from the Championship. The promotion came after an unsuccessful year with Hull City in the 2010-11 campaign. He would spend four brilliant seasons with Foxes, helping them survive in the Premier League before they would go on to win the title under Claudio Ranieri.

Now, Pearson is back managing in the top-flight after a couple of seasons with OH Leuven in Belgium. Watford fans will be hoping he is the man to cut the gap between them and their fellow relegation strugglers.


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