Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson celebrates one year in charge at club
Nigel Pearson celebrated one year in charge of Leicester City this week and admitted it had been a year of massive change at the club.
Pearson's return to City after the departure of Sven-Goran Eriksson on November 15 last year triggered a huge transition at the club.
Of the 27-man squad Pearson had for his first game back in charge at home to Crystal Palace, only 11 remain registered with the club for today's visit of Ipswich.
Of those 11, Neil Danns is out on loan at Bristol City and Sean St Ledger is sidelined with a hamstring injury.
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Goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel and Conrad Logan, defender Paul Konchesky, midfielders Andy King and Richie Wellens, plus forwards Paul Gallagher, Lloyd Dyer, Jeff Schlupp and David Nugent, are the other survivors.
Pearson has stripped down and rebuilt the squad he inherited in a short space of time and, while he admits he is satisfied with the progress he has made, he said City remain a work in progress as they strive for Premier League football.
"There has been an awful lot of change, certainly within the playing staff, but it was work that needed to be done for different reasons," he said.
"Last season was a difficult season for many reasons, but this season we have had a pretty positive first period. We have to build on that now.
"We have to keep our challenge going. I have a great deal of belief in this group and our staff that we can keep doing that. One year on, it is amazing the amount of changes there have been at this club.
"But it is always work in progress. You can never get to a point where you are totally satisfied with how things are because you always have to be looking to get that added improvement.
"That is not just changing players but working with the players you have got. We are always trying to improve what we have got and how we do things."
City's league record under Pearson reads – played 46, won 20, drawn 11, lost 15.