Owls legend Pearson is excited by return to ambitious Leicester

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FORMER Sheffield Wednesday captain Nigel Pearson has returned to Leicester City as manager.

The 48-year-old, who lifted the League Cup at Wembley for the Owls in 1991, has signed a contract with the Foxes that lasts until the end of the 2013/2014 season, replacing the sacked Sven-Goran Eriksson, after a compensation package was agreed with npower Championship rivals Hull.

He will be joined at the King Power Stadium by assistant managers Craig Shakespeare, also an ex Wednesday player, and Steve Walsh. During his last spell, Pearson steered Leicester to the League One title in 2009 before they reached the 2010 Championship play-off semi-finals, losing to Cardiff on penalties.

But Pearson, who quit for Hull in June 2010, made it clear he wanted to return to the Foxes despite also turning around the fortunes of the Yorkshire club.

Pearson said: “Craig, Steve and I are all extremely excited to be rejoining Leicester City, working with the players and working closely with the board of directors to achieve the club’s aspirations.”

Vice-chairman Aiyawatt Raksriaksorn added: “We are very pleased to have secured the services of Nigel, Craig and Steve and we are sure they are the men to lead this club forward. Nigel is very well respected within the game and he and his team have the knowledge of this division and the ability to motivate the players, staff and supporters.

“They achieved a great deal during their last spell at the club, rescuing Leicester City from its lowest position and coming so close to a place in the Premier League.”