Leicester City must show faith in manager Nigel Pearson, says Bruno Berner
Former Leicester City favourite Bruno Berner has urged his old club to hold their nerve and stick with manager Nigel Pearson.
The former Switzerland international said Pearson has laid the foundation for long-term success this season.
And Berner, who made more than 100 appearances for City between September 2008 and July 2011 before retiring to move into coaching, believes that even if Pearson's men do not get promoted this season, the club must not make rash changes.
City's promotion push has wobbled recently with just one win from their last eight league games, but Berner said it would be counter-productive to panic and make changes.
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"What would be the benefit of replacing him now," said Berner, who has been appointed under-18s head coach and assistant head of the academy at Zurich FC. "I don't see the benefit at all.
"The club would have to start all over again and, in the past, Leicester have made too many changes. Now, finally, they have found someone who has been able to build a fantastic foundation.
"I am watching everything from afar but I can feel the desperation to go up this season.
"There are huge demands from everyone. Desperation leads to too much nervousness if everything is not going completely your way.
"Then the whole environment becomes too nervous and too many people lose their focus on the most important things, the daily hard work.
"Then the speculation starts, and that doesn't help.
"It is vital he gets the support of the owners and the supporters. That is crucial.
"But Leicester are still successful. They are in the play-off places and in with a chance of promotion.
"So far it has been a very good season when you look at where they have been in the last two seasons.
"If they go up, then fantastic. But if they don't, they have to carry on because they now have a platform to build upon.
"But people are so desperate to go up this season and that could be a possible reason for failure if all the expectation goes into this season. I think that is wrong.
"It can take a long time to build a good foundation. Leicester have that now and the worst thing you can do is throw it all away just because of a few defeats in the last few weeks."
Berner believes it is time for a few of the players to step up to the plate, as several did in the 2009-10 season when City embarked on a great winning run at the end of the campaign to break into the play-offs.
"You need two or three players to step up and that sends out signals to the team that you can handle the pressure," he said.
"You have to enjoy the pressure. Nigel always said that, because if you want to be successful there will be pressure all the time.
"They just need two or three players to lead the team in the right direction."
Berner added: "I really hope people don't get too nervous and make the wrong decisions just because of a few defeats during the past couple of weeks."