Nigel Pearson will keep us calm in the run-in – Leicester City's Andy King
Nigel Pearson's ability to stay calm eases the pressure on his Leicester City players, midfielder Andy King has said.
City have just nine games to go in the race for promotion, starting at Derby County tomorrow, and the pressure will mount on all the promotion candidates.
But King said that Pearson's ability to stay cool will help City's cause.
"He is calm and instills confidence into the players," said King.
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"He has the ability to step back and look at things rationally and not from a hot-headed game point of view.
"Sometimes it would be easy to come in and see things in the heat of the moment, to change things.
"But he and his staff stay cool and create a good atmosphere around the place.
"Everyone enjoys coming into training every day and that is why there is such a good team spirit and atmosphere every day."
King was given his first-team debut by Pearson and the Wales international admits that the City boss has been a massive influence on his career.
"This is the fourth season that I have played under him," King said.
"I have probably played most of my football with him and he is right up there with the managers I have played under.
"He really gave me the chance in the first place to play regular football in League One. I have a lot to thank him for.
"He did a really good job the first time (he was with City) and he is doing an even better job now.
"He will not let us become complacent with the league position we are in and if he needs to dish it out to us he will do.
"It is all about getting the team promoted and that is obviously what we all want," added King.
Striker David Nugent was also full of praise for his manager and said Pearson was one of the best managers he had played for.
"He has a number of good attributes," he added.
"His team management and player management, the way he talks to the players and gets us ready and up for a game.
"He is a good motivator and calm under pressure. He never loses his head and it is nice as a player to feel that."