Nigel Pearson: Derby County manager leaves by mutual consent

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Nigel Pearson has left his position as Derby County manager by mutual consent after less than five months in charge.

Pearson, 53, who took over in May, was suspended last month pending a club investigation into his “behaviour”.

The Championship club have confirmed that “any disciplinary process had now ceased” following Pearson’s departure.

A statement from Pearson released by the League Managers Association said he was “disappointed” his tenure had come to an “abrupt and premature end”.

He added: “The speculation in some areas of the media has not made the separation a smooth one, and my suspension period has been difficult for both myself and family.

“I would like to take the opportunity to thank my colleagues who supported me during my short time at the club.”

Owner and chairman Mel Morris had described Pearson’s appointment as “perfect” – but Derby won just once from nine Championship matches under the former Leicester boss.

Morris told the players of Pearson’s suspension just three hours before their league match against Cardiff City on 27 September.

A club statement said: “The board will now turn their attention to appointing a new manager as soon as possible.”

More to follow.

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