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Pearson launches bizarre 'ostrich' rant at journo

Published: 30 Apr 2015

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson called a journalist an "ostrich" and "stupid" in a bizarre rant after the Foxes' 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at the King Power Stadium last night.

Pearson, 51, called a reporter a “p***k” earlier in the season and previously told a Leicester supporter to “f*** off and die” during a Premier League match.

The former Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough defender directed his latest outburst at Ian Baker, from the Wardles press agency, after he queried the gaffer’s suggestion that Leicester had received unfair criticism during this campaign.

Pearson responded: “Have you been on holiday for six months? I think you must have been either head in the clouds or away on holiday or reporting on a different team.

“If you don’t know the answer to your question then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no. I can, you can’t.”

The belittling rant, which finished with the former Southampton and Hull manager calling Baker “very stupid”, was widely condemned by reporters who witnessed the incident.

Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? I can, you can't

Oliver Kay, chief football correspondent of The Times, tweeted: “He sounded more stupid (as well as obnoxious) with every word he uttered.”

Matt Dickinson tweeted: “If Carlsberg did pathetic condensation…” while the Daily Mail’s Paul Newman said: “Well done to @ianbakersport for reacting with dignity to the embarrassing behaviour of Pearson.”

“I’m not sure being ‘flexible’ enough to get your head in the sand is quite the achievement Pearson thinks it is. Just kneel down,” Rory Smith also tweeted.

Ian Baker reacted to the incident by tweeting: “If getting called an ostrich by Nigel Pearson is not a career highlight I don’t know what is.”

Leicester are currently 17th in the Premier League, one point above the relegation zone, and face fellow strugglers Newcastle on Saturday.

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