Nigel Pearson: Bristol City manager signs new three-year contract at Championship club

Nigel Pearson has signed a new three-year contract at Bristol City.

The former Leicester and Watford boss replaced Dean Holden in February on an initial deal until the end of the season at the Championship club.

Pearson has won two of his 12 games in charge so far, with the Robins 18th in the league, and are on an eight-match winless run after squandering a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 against Luton on Sunday.

“I’m delighted to become the permanent manager of Bristol City,” Pearson told the club website.

“This is such a fantastic opportunity at a sound football club that has so much more potential

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“I want to be part of a team that gets to the Premier League. It’s going to be a tough journey and we’ll need the right people on board to achieve it but I am excited about the possibilities ahead.”

Pearson, who led Leicester to the 2013/14 Championship title, has overseen more than 500 games as a manager.

City chairman Jon Lansdown said: “It’s important that we have that certainty in terms of the manager and appointing Nigel is a great chance for us to take a real step forward.

“He brings leadership but in an inclusive way which can galvanise others.

“We have a shared vision and everything is in place facility-wise to start pushing forward. Now it’s about having the right people, with the right leadership, doing the right things and there is nothing standing in the way.”

City announced earlier in April that chief executive, Mark Ashton, who sits on the English Football League board, will leave the club for Ipswich at the end of the season.

The Robins’ head of performance Andrew Rolls has also departed after almost three years in the role.

City visit Millwall on Saturday before they close out the regular league campaign against Brentford at Ashton Gate on May 8.

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