Nigel Pearson enjoyed a dramatic start in management. He was in charge at Carlisle when the Cumbrian club avoided relegation from the League courtesy of a legendary stoppage time goal from goalkeeper Jimmy Glass.
After spells as first-team coach at Stoke and West Bromwich, Nigel became assistant manager of Newcastle, working under Glenn Roeder, Sam Allardyce and Kevin Keegan.
He was twice put in caretaker charge during that period before joining Southampton in February 2008 and saved the club from relegation.
Pearson celebrated a decade in coaching and management by guiding Leicester to promotion as champions of League One in 2009.
Ironically, Leicester had fallen into the third tier - for the first time in their history - as a direct result of Pearson's escape act for Southampton, completed when they beat Sheffield United 3-2 on the last day.
The Nottingham-born former centre half restored City's status at the first attempt as a 2-0 win at Southend confirmed both promotion and the League One title with two games to spare.
In 2009/10, Leicester's upsurge in form under Pearson continued as he led the club to a 5th place finish in the Championship. They then narrowly missed out on a place in the play-off final after losing on penalties to Cardiff in the semis.
In the close season, Pearson then left the then Walkers Stadium to join Hull City. After taking charge, Pearson brought stability back to the KC stadium and Hull competed for a play-off place in his first season at the helm.
It was during the 2011/12 season when he returned to Leicester City. He went on to guide the club to a 9th place finish in the Championship. Later, in his first full season back at Leicester he guided the Club to the play-offs with a 6th place finish.
The 2013/14 campaign proved to be Leicester's year as Pearson guided the club back to the top flight of English football after a 10 years absence by securing the Sky Bet Championship Title.
This achievement resulted in Pearson being awarded the Sky Bet Football League Championship Manager of the Year at the League Managers Association 22nd Annual Awards Dinner 2014.
Nigel joined Derby County as manager in May 2016, in a five month spell.
As a commanding on-pitch leader, Pearson lifted the League Cup for Sheffield Wednesday in 1991, winning promotion in the same season.
He later skippered Middlesbrough to two promotions and three domestic finals.