Bristol City manager Nigel Pearson reportedly held positive talks with the club’s majority shareholder Stephen Lansdown on Friday as his contract draws to a close.

According to Bristol Live, Lansdown has been taking the time to consider the best way forward for the club.

The former Leicester City and Watford boss took the job in February on a short-term contract until the end of the season. City are almost certainly safe from relegation, but form lately has been sub-par.

Pearson said: “We had a really good conversation. We’re moving in the right direction. I certainly hope [to be at Bristol City next season].

“But as we’ve already spoken about, I can’t get away from the fact that the results at the moment aren’t good enough. Now what we need to deliver here is some success on the field. But to do that we need to negotiate the rest of the season and make the appropriate plans moving forward. There’s a lot to be discussed.”

The Robins are currently winless in their last seven games, a run stretching back to mid-March when they triumphed 3-0 over Birmingham City.

The run makes it all-the-more essential that Pearson closes out the season strongly if he is to secure his long-term future at Ashton Gate.

Before taking the job in the West Country, Pearson enjoyed several months away from football management after a bemusing stint with Watford where he guided them to the brink of safety before getting sacked.

Pearson’s final push begins tomorrow afternoon when they host Nathan Jones’s Luton Town.

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