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Nigel Pearson has sympathy for Alan Irvine and Neil Warnock

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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has expressed his sympathy for sacked duo Alan Irvine and Neil Warnock.

The pair were both relieved of their duties by West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace after a festive period that saw them both drop even closer towards the foot of the table. 

Tim Sherwood and Alan Pardew are set to fill the voids left by their departures, but Pearson has sympathy for those who will now being facing up to life in unemployment. 

Pearson sadness

Pearson was speaking at his press conference ahead of his side's visit to Liverpool on New Years Day, and told the media of his sadness at the news of two of his fellow manager's sudden departures.

"I don't like anyone losing their job, I have sympathy and empathy," he said. 

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"I don't have all the information in terms of all the individual circumstances.

"I'm sure the bookies were disappointed it was not me. It spurs people on to do their job. It's always difficult to see managers lose their jobs.

"If you have the support of people you work for that's always important. I don't think any manager is above that sort of scrutiny. That's the nature of the industry."

Poor form

Irvine's appointment back in the summer was a gamble, but one that has backfired and seen them drop alarmingly close to the bottom of the table. 

The Baggies were comfortably beaten by Stoke City on Sunday, with that defeat a seventh in nine games that ultimately saw the club hierarchy lose patience and wield the axe for a third time in just over a year after the previous sackings of Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel. 

Sherwood is now widely expected to take the reins after not managing a club since leaving Tottenham Hotspur at the end of last season, with Tony Pulis also in talks with a move to the Midlands. 

Palace were willing to give Neil Warnock a second chance after the Englishman had left the Eagles in 2010, but a 3-1 defeat to Southampton on Boxing Day was enough to convince the board he was not the right man for the job.

Pardew is set to complete a stunning return to Selhurst Park after the club agreed a compensation package with Newcastle United, who have placed John Carver and Steve Stone in charge on a temporary basis. 

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