Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson named new OH Leuven coach

Nigel Pearson has returned to club management with Belgian second division club OH Leuven, who share the same King Power International Group owners as his former club Leicester City.

Pearson was sacked by Leicester in June 2015, weeks after masterminding an unlikely escape from relegation, and was widely credited for putting the wheels in motion for their incredible Premier League title triumph the following season.

Following an ill-fated spell at Derby last year, he will now work alongside the Srivaddhanaprabha family again after being appointed as head coach of OH Leuven, replacing former Norwich player Dennis van Wijk.

Pearson told the club's official website: "I look forward to throwing myself back into football, working with King Power's people again and helping out with this beautiful club.

"Through my experience with King Power's people, I know how to develop the club and I'm looking forward to contributing to it.

"The club has many good players and a good staff that guides them. I cannot wait to work with them and achieve our goals."

Pearson takes over at a club that were bought earlier this year by King Power and one that currently sit fourth in the eight-team second tier with two wins from their six league matches.

The 54-year-old former Southampton and Hull manager will be in the dugout for OH Leuven's clash with Beerschot-Wilrijk on Sunday.

Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, King Power CEO and owner of OH Leuven, said: "A switch from head coach is never an easy decision, but this is necessary if we want to achieve our vision and ambitions.

"Nigel is an incredibly good manager with a wealth of knowledge, good people skills and a strong winner's mentality. He will put OHL on track for the next few years."