NIGEL Pearson, the last Wednesday captain to lift a major trophy, will not have far to drive when he goes home after today’s game at Hillsborough.
The Leicester manager has lived in Sheffield ever since he joined the Owls from Shrewsbury in the 1980s.
But his affinity with the city and his Wednesday past - which includes the 1991 League Cup Final triumph against Manchester United - will be the last things on his mind when three Championship points are at stake.
“My affiliations with Wednesday obviously go back a long way because of my playing days; I have lived there for 25 years or so, which speaks volumes of what I think of Sheffield,” says the 49-year-old former centre-half.
“But my job is to manage Leicester and that is my primary focus. Work and private lives are kept very much apart.”
Pearson, one of the best skippers that the Owls have had in the last 30 years, likes living in Sheffield and will be well acquainted with his old club’s ups and downs. But it will be strictly business when he bids to follow last week’s 6-0 hammering of Ipswich with another win and a result that would only deepen Wednesday’s woes.
Leicester, naturally, will be full of confidence. He says: “The mood is very buoyant but it is tempered with a professionalism which I think is important.
“It was great to get a result last week but there is also a recognition within the group that we have probably played better this season and not won. It is back to business.”
On Wednesday, he says: “It is a big club and they have had some disappointing results, but we have to go there with a positive mindset. We know what their strengths and weaknesses are, but it is about what we do. When we are at our best, we are a difficult team to beat and a difficult proposition to play against.
“We can’t expect it to be an easy game, because it won’t be. They are on their own patch and want to get a positive result. We have to go there and get the job done.”
He does not expect to spend much time today reflecting on his Owls days. “You have to move on in life.,” he said. “Positive memories you have are always there. I have a job to do, and that is the most important thing.”