Bristol City are close to agreeing a long-term deal with Nigel Pearson to finally settle their management situation going into the close season.
Press Association understands a three-year deal is close to being signed off, which is what the former Leicester City boss had hoped to be given in order to build a squad over the next five to six transfer windows to challenge for promotion to the Premier League.
However, a run of just three wins in their last thirteen games has meant that it has been an awkward time for the Robins hierarchy, who have had to weigh up the continuing bad form against a squad described as ‘lopsided’ by Pearson himself and with possibly the worst injury situations in the division, if not the whole of the EFL.
Ashton Gate has been shrouded in uncertainty, with CEO Mark Ashton departing for Ipswich Town at the end of May and head of performance Andy Rolls also stepping down for a new challenge.
The announcement could arrive before the weekend, with the social media blackout scheduled for this weekend helping to speed up the process.
Pearson, who is due to hold a press conference on Thursday ahead of their game with Millwall, will now have decisions to make, with no fewer than 13 players out of contract at the end of the season.
“I hope so, yes. We’ll see,” said Pearson following the loss to Luton Town last weekend on the possibility of the contract talks being wrapped up.
Pearson had previously met with the club’s owners the day before the match to discuss his and the club’s future.
“I’ve had good conversations this week. Hopefully, yes, there will be some positive moves soon to sort that out.
“I don’t think that the lack of clarity has been helpful. We have a lot of players out of contract, I say lack of clarity but I’m clear in my own mind.
“Externally, I understand people’s frustrations. Our fanbase, the fact that they can’t be here at times like this they probably feel a bit excluded. That’s not the intention of the club at all.”