Nigel Pearson before kick-off

Nigel Pearson replaced Dean Holden in February, signing an initial deal until the end of the season, but the club have confirmed that the former Leicester City and Watford manager will extend his stay with the South West side beyond this season.

Despite the Robins moving from 12th place to 18th place under Pearson, Bristol City owners, the Lansdown family, believe that the 57-year-old is the right man to rebuild the squad and turn them into a team that can challenge for promotion.

Pearson has only won two games from his twelve in charge, with a winless run being extended to eight after squandering a 2-0 lead against Luton Town in their last game.

There were some harsh truths from the Bristol City gaffer after the game, who admitted that the result and performance, ‘illustrates exactly where we [Bristol City] are at the moment.’

This sort of combative character is evidently needed in the red half of Bristol, which explains the contract extension despite the poor form on the pitch.

Pearson was controversially sacked as Watford manager last season with just two games left to play of the 19/20 Premier League season, after lifting a virtually relegated Watford team out of the relegation zone. The Hornets eventually failed to beat the drop.

Dean Holden’s successor could meet some familiar faces if he was to get Bristol promoted to the Premier League, which he has made clear will be the aim.

Pearson said on Twitter: “I’m delighted to have signed a three-year deal to be the manager of Bristol City. I would like to thank the Lansdown family for the trust they have placed in me. With our supporters behind us, our aim is to reach the Premier League. I am excited about the challenge. Cheers, Nige.”

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