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      How Nigel Pearson went into ‘survival mode’ as pressure mounted to turn Bristol City around

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      Nigel Pearson has opened up about how his “survival mode” ensured Bristol City maintained a sense of togetherness during the difficult run of results towards the end of last year that could well have cost the Robins manager his job.

      City’s comeback, stretching to nine games unbeaten before a game against relegation-threatened Wigan on Wednesday night, has been impressive. It seemed a long way back for the manager when pressure was intensified by a minority of supporters calling for him to be sacked after the loss to West Brom on Boxing Day.

      As the manager himself suggested in Thursday’s press conference, the Lansdowns value the opinions of the supporters, but trust Pearson’s process. His patience has been rewarded with this run of form that has lifted them to 13th place in the Championship, 10 points above the last three and seven points below the play-offs.

      That union came to the fore in away games after the Baggies’ defeat with hard-fought points at Millwall and Coventry to help lay the foundation for the unbeaten run. There’s no denying that support for the manager was wavering across large sectors, but those performances and results helped lift spirits and added positivity heading into the final three months of the season.

      Championship rivals Huddersfield Town named their fourth head coach of the season this week in Neil Warnock, Wigan sacked Kolo Toure after just 58 days in charge, while there have been 17 second-tier managerial changes over the years. throughout the campaign.

      Speaking about the pressure and change ahead of tomorrow’s game, Pearson said: “What I have to do is sort of separate myself from how people are feeling because as long as I’m clear about what I’m trying to do and what they’re trying to do Survival mode for me is about everyone pulling in the same direction.

      “It’s not about taking chances and trying to survive. Every manager and coach that’s out there, at some point, is going to be in survival mode. But that doesn’t mean when there’s pressure, isolating yourself or anyone else. In my book anyway.

      The union of the city has never been questioned(Image: Robbie Stephenson/JMP)

      “It’s about trying to bring together what we have in common and working out the important side to try and it’s about buying time.


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