After being approached to fill the vacant manager’s position at the club, former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has told media today that he hopes Sunderland’s players are “up for the fight” of being incessantly bullied on an hourly basis should he take the job.
Pearson has been out of work since leaving Leicester City before the start of the Premier League campaign, but with the resignation of Dutch manager Dick Advocaat after a tough start to the season, Sunderland look set to offer the former Southampton coach a return to management.
Speaking to journalists outside his home today, the 52 year old said that the club are in a difficult position, but that if the players are up for the fight of being treated appallingly every minute of every day then they might just succeed.
“This won’t be easy, the team are struggling,” said the former Middlesbrough captain. “More importantly, I need to know these guys are going to have the right attitude to deal with having every aspect of their personality and bodies mentally and physically intimidated by me.”
Pearson stated that when it comes down to it, he’ll be able to better judge his players once he’s domineeringly stood over each of them like “some sort of weird, giant baby with no sense of boundaries”.
“In a situation like this, you need a group of men that are going to allow their boss to treat them in degrading and increasingly bizarre ways, it’s the only way we’ll get out of this,” he insisted, adding that he’ll have a better idea of his squad once he’d settled in and made everyone uncomfortable.
With no decision yet made by the club, Pearson was this afternoon said to be threatening other interested candidates in a bid to clear his path to the Stadium of Light.