Former Leicester City boss Pearson Named Belgian Club Manager

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 20: Nigel Pearson, Leicester City Manager, looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at Boleyn Ground on December 20, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has landed a managerial role outside England for the first time after he was named the manager of Belgian second-tier club OH Leuven.

The Belgian club is owned by King Power international meaning that the 54-year old Pearson would be working with the Leicester City owners, the Srivaddhanaprabha family, again.

Pearson was controversially sacked by the Leicester City owners in June 2015, one month after he led the team to avoid relegation from the English Premier League (EPL)

His only job afterwards has been at Derby County and he was manager for just 14 games from May to October 2016.

NigeI Pearson replaces Dennis van Wijk, who has been in charge of OH Leuven since January 2017. Van Wijk leaves the team in 4th position on the eight-team Belgian First Division B after the team recorded just two from ttheir six league matches this season.

Speaking on Pearson’s appointment, Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, chief executive of King Power International, said: “Nigel is an incredibly good manager with a wealth of knowledge, good people skills and a strong winner’s mentality. He will put OHL on track for the next few years.”

On his appointment, Nigel Pearson stated that he could not wait to get started. He said: “I know how to develop the club and I’m looking forward to contributing to it. The club has many good players and a good staff that guides them. I can not wait to work with them and achieve our goals.”