‘He’s an unbelievable ballroom dancer – he can do the splits!’: Kasper Schmeichel makes an incredible revelation about his ‘soft, gentle’ former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson
- Kasper Schmeichel played under Nigel Pearson at Leicester for four years
- The goalkeeper has revealed their is a softer side under the boss’ tough exterior
- He claims Pearson did the splits after Leicester won the Championship in 2014
- Pearson joined Watford in December and has dragged them from the drop zone
Kasper Schmeichel has made a stunning claim that Nigel Pearson celebrated Leicester’s Championship title by doing the splits, putting the skill down to the manager’s ‘unbelievable ballroom dancing.’
Pearson and Schmeichel were promoted to the Premier League as champions in 2013/14, linking up for four years with the Foxes.
The Englishman, now in the Watford hot-seat, is looked on as a straight-talking, old-school manager largely due to his post-match interviews and press conferences, but Schmeichel insists he has another side.
Kasper Schmeichel claims Nigel Pearson has a very different private side to him
The pair linked up at Leicester, winning the Championship title n 2014 together for the Foxes
Pearson is thought of as a tough, old-school manager but Schmeichel has revealed a soft side
‘He’s got a really soft, gentle side to him that you really don’t see. He adores and loves football – it’s all the circus around football that gets to him – all the media talk,’ Schmeichel told Peter Crouch’s podcast.
‘He just wants to be a coach – he wants to be out on the pitch doing what he does.
‘He’s an unbelievable ballroom dancer. I’ve seen him on stage, he’s good. He can do the splits.
‘We’d won the league, he was happy, everyone was dancing and he just did the splits. Everyone was like, “Woah?! Where did that come from?”‘
The goalkeeper claims Pearson celebrated promotion by doing the splits in the changing room
Pearson has returned to the Premier League with Watford in style, turning their season around
The 56-year-old’s second spell at Leicester ended on a sour note following the sacking of Pearson’s son James due to his involvement in a ‘racist’ orgy while in the Far East on a goodwill tour.
The English boss was replaced by Claudio Ranieri, who led the Foxes to an iconic Premier League title victory in 2015-16.
Since then Pearson has had short spells with Derby and Belgian second division side OH Leuven, but returned to the Premier League this season in triumphant style.
Pearson took over a Watford side floundering at the bottom of the table in December, guiding the Hornets to a superb seven game unbeaten run, lifting them out of the bottom three and sensationally ending Liverpool’s 44-game unbeaten run by beating Jurgen Klopp’s world champions 3-0 at Vicarage Road.