Nigel Pearson is no stranger to bizarre interviews, but last night he launched an aggressive and totally unwarranted attack on a journalist at a press conference after the Chelsea game.
Having bemoaned the "criticism and negativity they’ve (the players) had to endure over the course of the season", a journalist asked what criticism he was referring to specifically, which seemed to anger Pearson and, bizarrely, ended up in the Leicester manager labelling the journalist as "an ostrich", and proceeding to walk out of the press conference, having launched a foul mouthed tirade and branded him "stupid".
It was a completely reasonable question, the Leicester players themselves have been subject to remarkably little criticism over the course of this year, and the general consensus from the media has been to brand them with the old cliche that they've played well generally but not picked up points.
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And Pearson's response hints that he has a strong, and deluded, sense of victimisation, which he simply can't elaborate on.
Frankly, Pearson's behaviour over this season has bordered on despicable as times. He has come across as arrogant, crass and rude on various occasions, and his managerial skills certainly haven't been proven enough over this season to warrant such arrogance, even though his Leicester side do seem on course to miraculously stay up this year.
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Pearson must improve his conduct
He's been aggressive in various press conferences with little provocation (the "waxing or waning" question a few months ago being a good example), and used very foul mouthed language in front of the media on various occasions.
While everyone swears, there is no excuse for it in front of press cameras, where your words will be broadcast to thousands of people, particularly when there has been little provocation. It sets a bad example for all those watching, and he comes across as thuggish and defensive, being unable to give an adequate intellectual response and instead resorting to petty insults and foul language.
Though he seemingly loves to come across as a well spoken deep thinker in interviews, his regular lapses prove otherwise. And further to the verbal tirades he's launched against journalists, he was earlier fined for an altercation with a fan in December. He also had a physical confrontation with James McArthur earlier in the season. This behaviour from a manager surely is unacceptable, and it's surprising he wasn't reprimanded more by the FA.
Pearson is delusional
While perhaps he deserves some credit for his team's recent resurgence, his managerial skills are far from warranting such arrogant, thuggish behaviour (not that managerial skill ever condones this).
Arrogance and prickly interviews are almost expected from the world's best managers in wakes of major defeats (Mourinho, van Gaal and Sir Alex all giving their fair share for example). But at least these proven winners have proven reason to be arrogant (though this is no excuse).
Nigel Pearson on the other hand is often simply delusional, attacking journalists out of a sense of being unfairly victimised, and when pressed can never elaborate on these claims
His thuggish behaviour has at times been a disgrace. It's one thing to be a passionate manager, sticking up for your players, and another to be crass, arrogant and aggressive,both physically and verbally.