Headaches will start now for boss Pear­son


The Football League Paper - - NEIL WARNOCK - Neil Warnock

IWASN’T at all sur­prised to see pro­moted Le­ices­ter lose 4-1 at home to Brighton on Tues­day night. Had that game been im­por­tant, there’s no way they’d have shipped four. But when you fi­nally get over that line, the fight goes out of you.

It doesn’t mat­ter how much you want to win, it’s a nat­u­ral re­ac­tion. The re­lief, the lift­ing of all that stress – you feel to­tally drained.

I re­mem­ber when I was at QPR, we had to wait un­til an hour be­fore kick-off on the fi­nal day of the sea­son to find out if we were go­ing up.

Though we’d won the league on paper, the furore over Ali Fau­rlin’s reg­is­tra­tion meant we didn’t know if we were go­ing to be docked points.

When the news came through that we were up, you could see all the emo­tion come out of the play­ers and staff. All the ten­sion left us and we just felt shat­tered.


So even when we scored in the first minute, I knew we’d lose. Sure enough, Leeds won 2-1.

But re­gard­less of that re­sult, no-one can deny that Le­ices­ter have been a cut above the rest this sea­son. I’m pleased for Nigel Pear­son, whose done a great job. He’s man­aged to get rid of a lot of dead­wood from the Sven era but still keep all the pace and power.

And buy­ing Jamie Vardy last sea­son was a mas­ter­stroke be­cause he and David Nu­gent have been ab­so­lutely un­playable up top.

It was also very clever bring­ing in Kevin Phillips. Nigel must have known he wouldn’t get many games out of Kev, but just hav­ing a fan­tas­tic pro­fes­sional who’s seen it and done it around the club in those tense fi­nal days must have helped the younger lads so much.


Now we’ll see how he deals with Pre­mier League prob­lems. When you go up, all your cur­rent play­ers want rises. Then you try to bring play­ers in and they want more than the lads al­ready there. You can’t move for agents has­sling you.

You need play­ers, but you don’t want to up­set the tried and tested lads by bring­ing in people who are markedly bet­ter. It’s great get­ting pro­mo­tion, but it doesn’t half give you a headache.

Per­son­ally, I think Nigel will need five or six play­ers. And the first thing he’ll be af­ter is a cou­ple of lads who can play in dif­fer­ent po­si­tions.

Util­ity play­ers are price­less in the Pre­mier League be­cause when the end of Au­gust comes, you’re on your own. No loans, no noth­ing.You’re in a ca­noe with one pad­dle and you’ve just got to pray you don’t lose it.

But that’s for later. Right now Nigel and his lads should just en­joy what has been a fan­tas­tic sea­son.

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

GREAT PRO: Le­ices­ter’s Kevin Phillips scores their third goal against Black­pool I’M glad to see Mas­simo Cellino fi­nally given the green light to club Leeds United. take over at my old

ex­pressed con­cern I know people have

but, let’s be fair, about his back­ground

much worse than what things couldn’t be years.

over the last few they’ve had in place too many They’ve been sold down the swanny

want times. heard, this guy does

From what I’ve the to put money in, does want to sup­port

about reach­ing the team and is gen­uine Pre­mier League. That can only be

a good thing.

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