Bristol news Nigel Pearson delivers update on his City future and what lies ahead this summer PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Bristol City take on Nottingham Forest this Saturday with Nigel Pearson looking to end a run of four games without a victory
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Nigel Pearson accepts he remains on trial as Bristol City manager and is relaxed and realistic over the fact that face-to-face meeting to decide his long-term future at the club are yet to have taken place. Speaking last week to fans podcast 3 Peaps in a PodCast, City owner Steve Lansdown revealed Pearson's contract can't be extended beyond this summer until he can meet the 57-year-old face-to-face. With Lansdown at home in Guernsey the two have only "met" via Zoom. Travel restrictions in Guernsey, where a positive Covid test hasn't been identified for the last 40 days, means Lansdown is permitted to fly to the UK, and doesn't need to quarantine, but must self-isolate upon return to the Channel Islands until here receives two negative results inside a two-week period. Pearson and Lansdown do enjoy regular contact, but with just six games of the season remaining there has been growing unease within the fanbase that Pearson, who joined the club in February on a deal until the summer, may not be retained. Read More Related Articles Long-serving Bristol City midfielder's future in serious doubt as Robins injury crisis grows Read More Related Articles Bristol City press conference recap: Nigel Pearson on Nottingham Forest, his future, injuries Supporters have long-craved an established and experienced figurehead at the club to help form a Premier League promotion challenge but the longer the wait the goes on over the lack of clarity regarding Pearson's future, so the anxiety increases. Pearson, who last week said that any discussions in the summer "will be too late", insists his focus in on Nottingham Forest this Saturday and improving a poor run of results - three defeats and a draw from their last four games - that could impact decision-making as much as anything. "I think one of the frustrations at the moment is, I don't want to be evasive about it, I've got nothing to hide essentially and neither has Steve or the club," Pearson said. "It's just we can't break rules and regulations in terms of movement. "If we would have been able to meet before, we would have done. That's not possible at the moment but hopefully we will. "I think we've both pretty honourable people. I have no problem with how we've spoken about dealing with the situation - I spoke to Steve last night - we have very constructive conversations. Read More Related Articles Ipswich Town chairman Mike O'Leary responds to links with Bristol City CEO Mark Ashton Read More Related Articles The Bristol City dilemma at the heart of Steve Lansdown's decision over Nigel Pearson's future "I can't really say any more in the public domain apart from what I've already said but I am also aware the question will keep arising, there is a level of uncertainty.
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. I still have to prove (myself), because results aren't good enough at the moment. It is what it is, I'm not phased by that at all." The fact that Pearson has been actively involved in contract decisions and formulating a transfer plan for the summer, and potentially beyond, indicates that his future is in BS3. The former Leicester City manager outlined the challenges clubs will face in the next transfer window, with Lansdown admitting City's figures will be "horrific" due to the financial impact of the pandemic, and any ideas about a full-scale squad rebuild will have to be shelved.
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"It's not going to be straightforward this summer for many, many football clubs," Pearson added. "If people just expect there to be reconstruction of a whole squad, it won't happen. "What we have to do is transparent with what our plan is moving forward; whether that's a two-year or a three-year plan to try and achieve Premier League status, which would be great. "What you've got to try and do is build in that encapsulates maybe four or five transfer windows so things don't happen always at the pace people would like so that's when transparency is really important with the fanbase so they, at least, know how we see it ourselves here."
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The Robins have 14 senior players out of contract, including striker Famara Diedhiou, midfielders Jamie Paterson and Liam Walsh and defender Nathan Baker, but on Thursday protected one of their future assets with striker Sam Bell agreeing a three-year contract. Pearson has granted debuts to Bell, Sam Pearson and Tommy Conway, in a season which has also seen academy talents Ryley Towler, Harvey Wiles-Richards, James Morton and Alex Scott either playing or involved in the first-team set-up. With the financial restrictions limiting the Robins spending power, as it will across the divisions, the quality being produced by the academy could prove even more vital for 2021/22.
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