HULL CITY: Tigers tempted Nigel Pearson with ambitious plans
HULL City outlined ambitious plans for life in the Championship to tempt Nigel Pearson away from Leicester.
And that included committing to retaining a highly competitive squad – running on one of the Championship's biggest wage budgets of £15m.
Owner Russell Bartlett and head of football operations Adam Pearson consider the former Sheffield Wednesday and Middlesbrough star to amongst the best managers outside of the Premier League.
And having learned of his growing frustrations at Leicester, they targeted the 46-year-old to lead a revival at the KC Stadium.
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The Mail understands City's willingness to allow Pearson to bring his backroom team of Steve Walsh and Craig Shakespeare was a crucial part of the deal.
And, as revealed by the Mail yesterday, a pledge to find funds to allow their new manager to add some new faces was also a factor.
Pearson was yesterday completing negotiations which will see him finally confirmed as the new Tigers' boss later today.
A press conference is expected to be held tomorrow to officially announce his arrival.
His decision to quit the Foxes – a team he led out of League One and to a fifth place Championship finish last season – has shocked many.
But sources point to a frustrated manager who felt unsupported in the transfer market, and feared budget cuts both on playing staff and his backroom team.
According to sources in Leicester, the Tigers' approach came 'just at the right time', as Pearson was already feeling the time was right to move on.
His appointment ends a near two month spell without a boss at the KC – and comes just two days before players return to start their pre-season training.
City are thought to have agreed to paying compensation of around £350,000 to get their man in place.
But head of football operations Adam Pearson insists there has been plenty of interest in a role which remains 'highly attractive' to managers.
"Hull City is still a highly attractive job for many managers and I wouldn't say it has been difficult to sell the club at all," Pearson told the Mail.
"It is a great club which has always been tremendously supported, and Hull is a great city and a lovely place to live.
"People's perceptions of Hull change when they come and look around and see what it is like here."
Although City have lost two of last season's star players with Stephen Hunt and Steven Mouyokolo leaving for Wolves, Pearson stressed the Tigers will start next season with a 'strong squad' with 'significant Premier League experience'.
"Yes we have some work to do to get our playing budget where it should be, and we don't have a lot of money to spend," he said.
"But with one or two clever additions to the squad to add a bit of energy in certain areas we will have a squad that can compete strongly."
Club record signing Jimmy Bullard looks increasingly unlikely to feature when City kick-off their campaign under Nigel Pearson against Swansea on August 7.
Celtic continue to show interest, but City are seeking to cover the majority of his wages in any loan deal.
"We are planning for the season ahead now and leaving Jimmy to get on with what he wants to do," Adam Pearson told the Mail.
"If he wants to play Premier League or SPL football then so be it, but we have to plan ahead."