Leicester City: Nigel Pearson finds job speculation 'ludicrous'

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson (left) and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Pearson's Leicester have scored just two goals in six matches since beating Manchester United 5-3 in September

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has said he is not worried about losing his job and finds it "ludicrous" that his future is even being discussed.

Saturday's 2-0 loss at Southampton was the fifth defeat in six and keeps them in the Premier League relegation zone.

Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "I find it quite irritating that every time we have a setback it's always about a manager's position.

"It's ludicrous really but that's the industry we work in."

The Foxes moved up to seventh in the table following the thrilling 5-3 victory over Manchester United in September.

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson
"People don't realise the difference in quality at this level. We have good players. We showed a lot of commitment but the quality of our opponents put paid to us getting something from the game."

But they have only scored two goals since, strikes from Jeffrey Schlupp and Riyad Mahrez earned them a point in the 2-2 draw with Burnley.

When asked if he was concerned he would be sacked by the club's wealthy Thai owners, Pearson said "no".

He added: "I manage through highs and lows and those decisions are absolutely nothing to do with me.

"My influence is working with the staff and players. I cannot influence a great deal else.

"I will continue to do my job in the way I always do it.

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"And that is to be as thorough and prepare the players as best we can and make sure that if they are having a tough time and doubting themselves, I will do everything I can to instil the belief in them to get a win in the next game."

Pearson, whose side easily won the Championship title last season, added Leicester's poor run was mainly down to the high standards in the Premier League.

"People don't realise the difference in quality at this level," Pearson said. "We have good players.

"But our difficult run continues. We showed a lot of commitment but the quality of our opponents put paid to us getting something from the game.

"We are a side who are used to winning games, but we are finding it hard to get something and that is something that has to change pretty quickly.

"We are not making the most of our chances. At the moment we are struggling to find fluency."

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