Premier League: Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson refusing to get carried away
Last Updated: 08/07/14 8:43am
Nigel Pearson: Leicester manager ready for Premier League campaign
Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is refusing to get carried away as he prepares for life in the Premier League.
The Foxes gained promotion back to the top flight by claiming the Sky Bet Championship title with a club-record haul of 102 points last season.
The club’s Thai owner was quoted after that as saying he is prepared to spend big to secure a top-five Premier League spot within the next three seasons.
Pearson acknowledges there is an ambitious mood at the club, but the 50-year-old is keeping his feet on the ground.
"I think there is a very positive feel about the club, but we have a realistic outlook as well," said Pearson, as his players began pre-season training on Monday.
"The fashion in which we gained promotion was very positive, but ultimately, we have achieved that season's goals and now we have to move on from that and make sure we don't get carried away with the euphoria of last year's success."
Pearson also played down the story about Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha targeting the top five inside three years, suggesting it was not entirely accurate.
He said: "Well - given the way the managerial merry-go-round is these days - if in three years I'm still managing Leicester City, we will have continued to do well.
"There is going to be speculation surrounding clubs and stories will surface. That is part and parcel of it.
"But we are on the same page as a football club in terms of talking with the owners.
"If you want to establish yourselves, first and foremost, yes, it is about us retaining our status. But if you speak to anybody here, including players, staff, fans, we aspire to be better than that. We want to make sure we give a really good account of ourselves and that we continue to move the club forward."
"I'm delighted for them because they have invested a lot of time and finance in us to help us achieve our goals and getting into the Premier League. Now, we have to try to establish ourselves."
Asked if he would take 17th place - and thus, survival - as a final position for the 2014-15 season if offered it at this stage, Pearson said: "If you want to establish yourselves, first and foremost, yes, it is about us retaining our status.
"But if you speak to anybody here, including players, staff, fans, we aspire to be better than that.
"We want to make sure we give a really good account of ourselves and that we continue to move the club forward.
"We'll set targets internally, but I'm not going to be shouting it from the rooftops for the public."
Pearson is hopeful that a new deal for forward David Nugent, the Foxes’ top scorer last term, will be concluded "very shortly", but he is keeping his cards close to his chest about current targets as he attempts to boost his strike-force.
Sunderland's Connor Wickham, Cardiff's Fraizer Campbell and Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa have all been linked with Leicester.
However, Pearson said: "I am aware of the talk about there being interest, and I'm not saying that is not the case.
"But I'm certainly not prepared to talk about players who are already at a club.
"It is right that we do our business in the way we always do, and when there is some more positive information, we will announce it."