Leicester City were bottom of the Premier League at Christmas. Five months later they were celebrating survival and an improbable 14th-place finish. Now they’re managerless.
Nigel Pearson was sacked by the Foxes board, who claimed the working relationship between the two parties was “no longer viable”. The dismissal of the 51-year-old’s son, who played a part in the recent sex tape scandal surrounding the club, is believed to be central to the deterioration.
After guiding Leicester to Premier League survival, along with winning both League One and the Championship during his two spells in charge, Pearson’s axing was met with dismay on Twitter.
Here’s a roundup of the reaction:
Former Leicester striker Gary Lineker led the outrage.
Leicester City have sacked Nigel Pearson! Really? WTF! Could you kindly reinstate him like the last time you fired him?
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 30, 2015
Others felt strongly enough to write their feelings down in more than 240 characters.
We are writing a letter to Leicester City owners regarding our concerns. We are disgusted at Nigel Pearson sacking. #LCFC
— indykaila News (@indykaila) June 30, 2015
Naturally, some of Pearson’s off-field antics cropped up.
Whoever sacked Nigel Pearson you’re an ostrich!!!
— daemon (@blaseruk) June 30, 2015
In fact, the ostrich thing was quite prominent.
Leicester city chairman must have had his head in the sand, sacking of pearson after last year, nightmare
— Adam (@hardman_adam) June 30, 2015
Which is a perfect excuse to use this Tweet again.
— David Brent Fans (@DavidBrentMusic) April 30, 2015
Then there was the strangling episode.
Pearson should have been sacked immediately after this. Overdue. pic.twitter.com/ymOnLtJcSi
— PalaceFanTV (@PalaceFanTV) June 30, 2015
And that time Pearson was sacked for a day.
I remember Nigel Pearson being sacked a few months ago……
— Matthew Phillips (@matt_the_jack) June 30, 2015
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Twitter reaction if there wasn’t an unsuspecting user,
unfortunately named, wondering why his mentions have gone through the roof.
Please note this is NOT the twitter acc of former #lcfc manager Nigel Pearson. Feel free to read profile, however. Have a lovely evening.
— Nigel Pearson (@nigelpearson) June 30, 2015
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