Nigel Pearson may be an unorthodox manager but he WILL keep Leicester up, says Bryan Robson.

Robson had the Foxes boss as his captain during his time at Middlesbrough and fancies him to beat the drop this season.

Controversial Nigel Pearson won’t change but his methods will keep Leicester in the Premier League.

That’s the view of former ­Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson who had Pearson as his captain at the club for seven years.

Leicester boss Pearson has had a turbulent season on and off the field as he battles to keep the Foxes from relegation.

He sent feathers flying this week by calling one reporter an ostrich and has been forced to deny he was a bully or that he needed anger management courses.

Robson also took him to West Brom as his No2 when he was boss there.

Pearson and Robson pulled off the Great Escape at West Brom, the first club to be bottom of the Premier League at Christmas and stay up.

Sunderland also did it last season, but Gus Poyet didn’t have it as tough as Pearson who is set to make history if he pulls off the Great Escape 11.

No club has been at the bottom of the Premier League as long as Leicester and survived.

They were bottom for 140 days, just waiting for the funeral to be arranged, and were seven points adrift of safety until Pearson launched the fightback with a home win over West Ham a month ago.

In their last five games Leicester have beaten everybody except champions-elect Chelsea to climb a point above the bottom three and have Newcastle fearing their trip to the East Midlands today.

But the pressure seems to be telling on Pearson, 51, and former England captain and Manchester United star Robson says of his pal: “Nige is a determined character.

“He knows what he wants. He’s not one of these outgoing people. He likes to socialise with his staff, but he will keep himself to himself and with his family and he doesn’t give much away.

“He’s very military style in a sense, strong . He knows his own mind. Very disciplined, not with just the players, but within himself too, the way he goes about his work, his lifestyle.

“Nigel’s very clean cut, proper. Always shaving, that type of thing. He expects his players to go about things in that manner. There’s no slacking, it’s all got to be done right, he’s demanding.”

Pearson can be argumentative and awkward . He’s had run-ins with Leicester fans, telling one this season to go and die and refusing to apologise.

When relegation looked a formality two months ago he was sacked and then reinstated.

Robson, now a Manchester United club ambassador and managing a United legends side taking on Bayern Munich All Stars at Old Trafford in June, knows Pearson inside out.

“If I left him in charge when we were at West Brom I knew he’d get the job done and the players wouldn’t muck about because the manager’s not about,” says Robson

“As a player, Nigel was unbelievable. He was a tough, hard centre half.

“His knee was horrendous towards the end at Middlesbrough but he played through the pain, played on one leg. That’s what you get from Nigel Pearson.”

Pearson also kept Carlisle in the Football League on the last day of the season and Robson is certain he’ll keep Leicester safe as well.

“Given the fixtures Leicester have left against other teams in trouble I think Nigel will have them safe before the last game,” says Robson.

“He wont be going through what me and him went through on the last day with West Brom.”

Robson had to wait until the final minutes of that season ten years ago to know whether beating Pompey 2-0 was enough. It was, Palace, Norwich and Southampton went down, the Baggies stayed up by a point.

“You have to convince the players that you are doing the right thing and you can survive,” adds Robson.

“When I was at West Brom with Nige we put videos together of the players, showing what they really do well, building confidence. There were motivational speeches, music that players responded too. I’m sure Nigel’s doing all that.

“He is very conscientious with his football, he goes into it all in great depth.”

Robson went through Leicester’s problems with Pearson after a 3-1 defeat at Manchester United when the crisis was at its worst with just two wins from 18 games.

“Leicester have three home games, Newcastle, Southampton and QPR, and one away, Sunderland,, in their last four. That’s a great position to be in. They’ve put it in their own hands,” says Robson.

“ If Nige does it , it will be right up there with what we did together because he’s been bottom of the league most of the season.

“He was only promoted last season, he’s got a limited budget, so if you are surviving in those circumstances you’ve done a fantastic job.”

Source: Daily Mirror

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