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Nigel Pearson sacked by Leicester despite survival

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Nigel Pearson has been sacked as manager of Leicester City after four years in charge, despite leading the Foxes to the Championship title followed by an unlikely 14th place Premier League finish last season, reports the club's official site. 

The Leicester City board in a statement said that ''a working relationship that was no longer viable.''

The statement also thanked Pearson and "wished him well."

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It also added: "The board of directors recognises the success Nigel has helped to bring to Leicester City during his two spells in charge, particularly during the last three-and-a-half years.

"We trust that the supporters will recognise that the owners have always acted with the best interests of the club at heart and with the long-term future as their greatest priority."

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Surprise?

The sacking might come as surprise to some Leicester fans, who sang Pearson's name after he saw his side enjoy a run of seven wins from their last nine fixtures to comfortably survive.

Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh are confirmed to take charge of first-team duties while the club begins its search for a new manager.

Currently there are no emerging favourites for the job, although it's likely that a new manager will be put in place well before the new season begins on the 8th August. 

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