Leicester boss Nigel Pearson accused a journalist of being an “ostrich” and stormed out of a press conference following his side’s 3-1 loss to Chelsea on Wednesday.
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The Foxes gave the league leaders a scare after Marc Albrighton put the home side up on the stroke of half-time, before second-half goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires ended Leicester’s recent good run of form.
Pearson – who has been involved in number of unsavoury incidents this season – took out his frustration on Wardles Press Agency journalist Ian Baker.
Baker asked Pearson to elaborate after the former Hull manager spoke of the amount of “criticism” his side had faces this season.
Pearson then launched into an extraordinary tirade in which he labelled Baker an “ostrich”.
Here is the transcript of the exchange (Credit: BBC Sport):
Baker: What criticism are you talking about?
Pearson: Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months?
Baker: I am not quite sure what specific criticism you are referring to?
Pearson: I think you must have been either head in the clouds or away on holiday or reporting on a different team because if you don’t know the answer to that question… your question is absolutely unbelievable… the fact you do not understand where I am coming from. If you don’t know the answer to that question, then I think you are an ostrich. Your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be ‘no’.
Baker: Probably not.
Pearson: I can, you can’t. You can’t. Listen, you have been here often enough and for you to ask that question… you are either being very, very silly or you are being absolutely stupid… one of the two because for you to ask that question… I am sorry son, you are daft. What criticism are you talking about?
Baker: There hasn’t been much harsh criticism of the players.
Pearson: You are wrong. No, you are wrong. You have been in here, I know you have, so don’t give that crap with me. Please don’t give that crap with me. I will smile at you because I can afford to smile at you. Now, do you want to ask a different question or do you want to ask it differently? Come on, ask it, ask it. Or are you not capable?
Baker: I just don’t know what you, erm…
Pearson: You don’t know. What’s ‘erm’?
Baker: I don’t know how you’ve taken that question…
Pearson: Well, you must be very stupid. I’m sorry.
Pearson then stormed out of the press conference.
Leicester currently sit one point outside the relegation zone, with its final four matches coming against Newcastle, Southampton, Sunderland and QPR.
Check out Pearson’s ostrich comments below: