Nigel Pearson has been appointed Bristol City’s new manager until the end of the season.
The Robins have reached a deal until the end of May with the 57-year-old, who will watch Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship game against Middlesbrough before officially taking control on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Swansea City.
Pearson will work with the current staff of Keith Downing and Paul Simpson.
Bristol City chairman Jon Lansdown said: “Nigel gives us the leadership and direction we need to build player confidence and change our form.
“The initial meeting is until the end of the season, when we reassess the situation, hopefully from a long-term perspective. However, the immediate priority for Nigel and the coaching staff is to stop the current bad race and move on. we move up the table. “
Bristol City general manager Mark Ashton added: “Nigel is a very respected and experienced manager who has a proven track record and we look forward to welcoming him to the club.”
Former Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City and Derby County manager Pearson was sacked by Watford in July 2020 with the club three points above the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hornets then lost their last two games of the 2019-20 top-flight season and were relegated to the Championship.
Dean Holden was sacked as the city’s head coach after the Robins’ 2-0 loss to Reading, a sixth straight loss in all competitions.
Having started the season promisingly with four straight wins from their first four games, Holden’s side have moved away from the top six after losing 11 times in 15 league games since December 1.
A wave of long-term injuries among key players including Andreas Weimann, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda, Joe Williams and Nathan Baker did not help Holden’s cause, while City also faced a Covid-19 outbreak within the team earlier. in the countryside.
Assistant head coaches Simpson and Downing oversaw first-team affairs for City’s clash with Barnsley on Saturday as a Carlton Morris goal earned the Tykes a 1-0 away win for the Tykes at Ashton Gate , which saw them slip to 15th place in the standings.