Leicester City: Boss Nigel Pearson upsets fans with remarks
After his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool Pearson said Leicester fans can "stay at home" if they cannot recognise the efforts of the team and admitted to an altercation with a supporter during the defeat. the Foxes have picked up just 2 points from 27 since they famously beat Manchester United back in September.
The defeat left the Foxes at the bottom of the table, having now lost seven of their last nine league games.
"I had a spat with a fan towards the end," Pearson, 51, said.
"If they cannot see the players are having a proper go maybe they need to stay at home."
Pearson, who led Leicester to the Championship title last season, added his players were giving their all.
"I will always look for the positives," he said. "It is very easy for people to look at what we are not good at.
"I don't like the commitment of my players being questioned. If they honestly think they are not committed, they are very wrong. Maybe that is why I stay in the stand."
That prompted a recation from the fans. Supporters Club chairman Cliff Ginnetta claims Pearson's "arrogance spills over sometimes".
But he believes Pearson has the backing of most fans, despite City's bad run.
"He should put his hands up, admit he was out of order, apologise to the people and move on, that's all everyone wants," said Ginnetta.
"We don't want to make it a big thing or play it out like a pantomime, we just want to get on with winning games.
"I'm sure the majority do (still support him). People are worried and moaning, but that's football fans, you're never really happy. It's the nature of the beast.'