Nigel Pearson just keeps proving he’s one of football most unlikeable personalities with another astonishing rant at a journalist after Leicester City lost to Chelsea on Wednesday night.
The Foxes boss was speaking after seeing his side take a one-goal lead before losing it and going down to champions-elect Chelsea.
But not that he was interested in just getting through the post-match press conference and moving on from the night.
No, Pearson decided he’d go to town on a journalist for asking some pretty valid questions following the Leicester boss’ complaint that his players – who are fighting to avoid the drop – have been unfairly criticised this season.
The journo in question was Ian Baker from the Wardles press agency and as well as being called an ‘ostrich’ by Pearson, he also had to deal with being labelled daft and questioned on his flexibility.
So instead of us picking out the key points in Pearson’s post-match breakdown, here it is in full:
“What criticism are you talking about?
Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months?
I am not quite sure what specific criticism you are referring to?
I think you must have been either head in the clouds or away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question your question is absolutely unbelievable the fact you do not understand where I am coming from. If you don’t know the answer to that question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no.
I can, you can’t. You can’t. Listen you have been here often enough and for you to ask that question, you are either being very, very silly or you are being absolutely stupid, one of the two because for you to ask that question, I am sorry son, you are daft.
There hasn’t been much harsh criticism of the players.
You are wrong. No, you are wrong. You have been in here, I know you have so don’t give that crap with me, please don’t give that crap with me. I will smile at you because I can afford to smile at you. Now do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently. Come on, ask it. Ask it or are you not capable?
I just don’t know what you, erm…
You don’t know. What’s erm?
I don’t know how you’ve taken that question.
Well you must be very stupid. I’m sorry.”
It’s quite extraordinary that a man who’s already made headlines for calling a journalist a “p***k” and telling a fan to “f**k and die” previously.