Davis not surprised by Pearson’s rise

By SFC Media time Wed 06 May Club

Kelvin Davis says he has a long standing appreciation for Nigel Pearson, which stems from the Leicester manager’s time at St Mary’s in 2008.

Pearson steadied the ship at Southampton towards the end of the 2007/08 season, helping the club to stave off relegation down to League 1, and Davis remains thankful for the job that the former Saints boss did, not only for the team, but personally too.

“For me, what stood out when he came here is that he was on his own and took control of the whole club, the whole squad, and managed to keep us up,” recalled the club skipper.

Pearson taking the team's training at Staplewood

“There was an opportunity at the time to keep him here and we didn’t, and I’ve always said that he was a fantastic manager for us. You can see that he’s a good leader, very well organised with good staff around him.

“The time here made him stronger and we went on to achieve in a difficult time, but his remit in coming here was to help keep us up, and it’s a shame we didn’t see more of him.

“It’s no surprise that he’s gone to Leicester and done the work that he’s done there, looking as though he’s turned it around at that club.”

Davis suffered a finger injury towards the end of the aforementioned survival season, with Pearson acting swiftly to bring in fellow goalkeeper Richard Wright on loan from West Ham United, which Davis highlights as a decisive move by the manager.

“He was very personable which is a great trait, and in the position we were in, he took control of the situation around the club,” said the ‘keeper. 

“We had our own job to do, but anyone who played under him at that time will tell you that they wanted to do well.

“I remember catching my little finger in my shorts and then punched the ball so I broke that finger and it put me out for a few weeks, so it was a situation where we brought Richard Wright in on loan and he did very well for us.

Richard Wright came in on loan during Pearson's tenure as Saints boss

“I think I was back fit with two or three games to go and he pulled me into the offices to say that we’ve got Wrighty here, and we don’t want to take any chances. He didn’t have to talk to me or explain the situation, but I’ll always remember that he did.”

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