London - Leicester City's impressive form this season is
down to former manager Nigel Pearson more than current coach Claudio Ranieri,
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has said ahead of Saturday's Premier
League clash with the Foxes.
Under Pearson, Leicester were rock bottom for most of last
season but pulled off a great escape to stay up after winning seven of their
last nine matches to finish 14th.
Despite guiding the Foxes to top-flight safety, Pearson, who
is known for his blunt personality and no-nonsense approach, was sacked in June
because of a breakdown in his relationship with the club's owners.
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Ranieri took over at Leicester the following month and Pulis
feels the Italian has been reaping the rewards of Pearson's work ever since.
"Ranieri has benefited from all the work Nigel has put
in. It's very, very nice to step into a football club where everything is in
place and at that club it looks like everything is in place," Pulis told
reporters at his pre-match news conference.
"Last season was a remarkable achievement and Claudio
has picked it up and carried it on. It's difficult for me to say but let's not
forget the work Nigel did, the three, four years he was at that club putting
them in a position for Claudio now to push on," he added.
With Jamie Vardy and winger Riyad Mahrez firing on all
cylinders in the early part of the new season, Leicester are fifth after 10
games, three points behind leaders Manchester City.
West Brom, who sit 10th in the table, will hope to continue
their streak, with a third win in as many games on Saturday.For
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