Ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson becomes manager of Belgian club Leuven

Nigel Pearson

The 54-year-old has been re-united with Leicester's owners as he becomes manager of the second-tier side

The 54-year-old was sacked by Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha two years ago, but his son Aiyawat – Leicester's vice-chairman, and the chief executive of King Power International – has decided to re-hire him.

After taking a year out of football following his Foxes exit, Pearson became manager of Championship club Derby County, but was sacked after 14 games following a row with Rams owner Mel Morris.

But now he's back in football to take on his first job abroad, and can't wait to get started with Leuven – currently fourth in the eight-team First Division B. 

Pearson said: "I'm delighted to be back in football, to be working with King Power again and to be applying my experiences to the development of a club in a really exciting position."

Head honcho Aiyawatt added: "Nigel is a manager of extremely high standards, whose knowledge of the game, man-management qualities and winning mentality will help to strengthen the OHL setup for many years to come."

It's good to see you back, Nige – especially if there are more references about flightless birds to come. 

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