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‘We share the same vision for this club’ - Lansdown

Jon Lansdown has explained why City are in good hands following the permanent appointment of Nigel Pearson as manager.

City Chairman Lansdown described his delight that Pearson has agreed to a three-year deal after taking over as Robins temporary manager in February.

“I’m delighted he’s decided to join us, he’s been a real positive…a real breath of fresh air, he’s open and collaborative, Lansdown told Robins TV. “He brings great experience from previous clubs as well so it’s a real chance for us to take a period of time and a good step forward so I’m looking forward it.”

The initial appointment two months ago gave both parties the time to assess their options and Pearson has become a popular figure both internally and with supporters, even while results on the pitch have not gone to plan.

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Experience

But Lansdown is keen to highlight that with Pearson’s experience and after difficult circumstances this season, the club will be in a better position going forward.

He said: “On the pitch it hasn’t been exactly what we wanted or what he wanted but there are circumstances around that. Everything else has been really positive so we’re really pleased.

“It’s been a disappointing season, a hard watch and that’s upsetting because people are stuck at home in a hard time for everyone and we haven’t been able to cheer them up. We exist for the fans so when you can’t fulfil that basic function of giving them something to get behind and excited about it can be a very down time.

“We apologise for that, there are various reasons and we’re trying to put ourselves in the best position to give them something to cheer about when they come back in. We can’t wait to see them again because football is rubbish without the fans. It’s better than no football at all.

“Different things motivate different players and certainly the fans not being there has had an impact, it’s the same for everyone but we’ve certainly felt and we can’t wait to get going again with some kind of normality.”

Pearson’s appointment was made official with two games of the 2020/21 season remaining and being able to go into the break with the appointment sealed is another positive for everyone connected with the club.

Foundations

“It’s important for everyone,” explained Lansdown, who says the club is laying the foundations for future success. “You want to know where you stand, where you’re going, what you’re looking to achieve and that certainty is important. We have a lot of players out of contract and in that sense we have an opportunity to shape things going into next season, a lot of players coming back from injury as well so there’s plenty to look forward to in that respect. It’s great to have certainty about who is going to lead the way and we’re pleased as a collective.

 

Leadership

“He brings that leadership in a way that includes everyone. We’re sat in the Robins High Performance Centre where everything is in place to start pushing us forwards. Now it’s about the right people with the right leadership doing the right things so there’s nothing standing in our way.

“It’s not easy to get going but you have all the tools needed to start from. That’s the exciting thing for me, you have someone who can galvanise the people you have, get some momentum going and it’s an exciting project for us all.

“We have that shared vision, which is key, you want someone who shares similar thought processes about what’s important and how to do things. Then you have someone with the experience and know-how to implement it and is someone who people will follow in terms of that leadership. That’s what excites me the most – yes results aren’t quite there but it won’t take huge amounts to get what you need in place and those positives then make a real impact.”

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