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Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has predicted that the Foxes will win the Premier League title this season, but has admitted to The Times that he won't be happy for some figures in the club if they do.
Pearson was booted from the team after a series of high-profile incidents which saw him appear to grab an opposition player by the throat on the touchline and insult journalists in bizarre press conferences.
It appeared that the last straw came when his own son was one of the squad members involved in a racism scandal over the summer, causing further frictions between Pearson and the board to the point where his position became untenable.
The 52-year-old told the newspaper: "They'll win it. A lot of people in the game haven't really sussed what Leicester are about. They've got some really good players - [Jamie] Vardy's form has been unbelievable - but collectively they're a strong group."
He continued: "They coped with the pressure exceptionally well last year and they're doing the same this year. They won't be interested in what anyone else says. Good luck to them. I think they'll do it. I would be dishonest [though] if I said I would be happy for everyone there."
Claudio Ranieri was afforded some credit by his predecessor, who admitted that the Italian had managed the club 'skilfully', but Pearson insisted that some of the credit should fall to him for the base he laid down.
He said: "Leicester are where they are because they've had a fantastic season and because their manager has managed skilfully and sensibly, but also because they previously had someone in charge who was able to front it up and make tough decisions when they needed to be made. I know how pivotal the work I did was for them to be in the situation they're in now."
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