Pearson realistic for Premier return

Last Updated: Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:01
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Nigel Pearson claims that Leicester are returning to the Premier League in an optimistic but also realistic frame of mind.

The Foxes gained promotion to the division in emphatic fashion last season, claiming the Championship title with a club-record haul of 102 points a decade on from the conclusion of their last stint in the top flight.

That spell was only one campaign long, but they enjoyed plenty of success during their previous six-year period among the elite from 1996 to 2002, including four top-10 finishes.

And in terms of what might lie ahead, Leicester's Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was quoted in May as saying he is prepared to spend big to secure a top-five Premier League spot within the next three seasons.

Certainly there is an ambitious mood about the club at the moment, something Pearson acknowledges.

But the 50-year-old is also keen to emphasise the importance of not getting carried away.

"I think there is a very positive feel about the club, but we have a realistic outlook as well," Pearson said.

"The fashion in which we gained promotion was very positive, but ultimately, we have achieved that season's goals and now we have to move on from that and make sure we don't get carried away with the euphoria of last year's success."

Leicester's preparations to this point for the coming campaign have seen a number of their key players from last season - including goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, defender and captain Wes Morgan and midfielder Danny Drinkwater - sign new contracts with them, as has Pearson himself.

With regard to fresh acquisitions, the Foxes have already brought in goalkeeper Ben Hamer, defender Matthew Upson, midfielders Jack Barmby and Marc Albrighton, while they have been linked with various strikers.

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