Nigel Pearson leaves Derby County after just four months in charge

Former Leicester manager and Derby part ways by mutual consent

BY Jason Brennan 17:54 Saturday 8 October 2016, 17:54 8 Oct 2016

Image: Nigel French / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Derby County have announced that they have parted ways with manager Nigel Pearson with immediate effect.

Chris Powell will continue as manager on a temporary basis, having taken up the role since Pearson's suspension from the club last month following "disciplinary problems".

The former Leicester manager reportedly had a major row with club owner Mel Morris, leading to his suspension on September 27th.

Pearson had only been in charge since May 27th, but pressure had built early in his tenure after just two wins from his first twelve games placed the perennial playoff just above the relegation places.

In an official statement released today, the club said "Derby County Football Club can today confirm that they have mutually agreed to part company with Nigel Pearson with immediate effect.

"As a result of the mutual termination of Nigel Pearson's employment agreement with Derby County any disciplinary process has now ceased".

Pearson has since released a statement of his own in which he took aim at the media coverage of his final few weeks in the job. 

"I was suspended by the club last week. The speculation in some areas of the media has not made the separation a smooth one, and my suspension period has been difficult for both myself and family.

"I can confirm that I have not been made the subject of any disciplinary action. I leave in the knowledge that I have, together with my closest staff, strived to achieve progress".

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