Nigel Pearson is a "bit weird" but he will keep Leicester up, says Gary Lineker.

Pearson has been involved in a series of indiscretions this term but after winning five of their last six, his side look set to stave off relegation.

Gary Lineker is certain Nigel Pearson will keep Leicester up - but admits the Foxes boss is a "bit odd".

Saturday's 3-0 win over Newcastle was Leicester's fifth victory in six games, seeing them climb to 16th in the table and a point above the relegation places.

However, Pearson continues to be involved in off-field indiscretions - last week labelling a journalist an "ostrich" during a press conference after the defeat to Chelsea.

It was the latest in a line of controversial incidents this term, which include telling a supporter to "f*** off and die*, and strangling Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur.

That bust-up saw Pearson hit out at Lineker for comments he made, but the ex-Foxes striker insists the job he has done cannot be underestimated.

"Nigel has done a brilliant job at Leicester. He clearly knows what he's doing in terms of his job and that's all that matters really," Lineker told BBC Sport.

"Yes, he's a little bit weird at times, a little bit odd. He can be a bit quirky. But Jose Mourinho can be difficult at times and he's done all right.

Next up for Leicester is Southampton at home on Saturday and Lineker, putting his allegiances to one side, believes they will stay up from this position.

"It's important they stay focused but if I was a neutral looking at this, I would be 99% sure Leicester will stay up," the Match of the Day host added.

"Given their turnaround in fortunes, and given the fixtures that other sides at the bottom have got and the fixtures Leicester have got, I would now be quite surprised if they don't stay up."

Source: Daily Mirror

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