Nigel Pearson reveals disappointment at not getting Ipswich job

LEICESTER City manager Nigel Pearson has revealed how close he was to taking up the top job at Ipswich Town.

Speaking after his Foxes side won 2-1 at Portman Road, Pearson claimed he was pipped to the post by Jim Magilton when he applied for the Blues job in 2006.

Pearson said: “I was disappointed at the time, but Jim Magilton was a local hero here so there you go. It’s a lovely club and a lovely part of the world. My wife’s got some family down here and I always enjoy coming here.”

Pearson was left delighted by his side’s win but admitted the four changes made by his counterpart Paul Jewell made a difference in the first half.

He added: “We kept an unchanged side form Saturday, Ipswich made four changes and I just felt we didn’t really look to have the energy levels we needed.

“It was a case of making a couple of changes to inject some fresh legs into the team. It was a good second half for us. I never felt we were in any danger and we could have won it more convincingly.

“The goalkeeper (Arran Lee-Barrett) did very well to save from Beckford when he tried to dink it over him and he made a save from his own player which he didn’t know a great deal about.”