Nigel Pearson's leadership skills were evident during a successful playing career as a dominant central defender and captain, a characteristic which has been key to his success in management.
As a player, Nigel started out at non-league Heanor Town in the early 1980s, before securing a move to Shrewsbury Town, then in the second tier of English football, and enjoying a near six-year spell in Shropshire, making 181 appearances as he became hardened to league football.
In October 1987, Pearson made the switch to Yorkshire giants Sheffield Wednesday for a substantial £250,000 fee. The six-foot-one-inch centre-back spent nearly seven years at Hillsborough, playing 224 times and scoring a creditable 20 goals in the process.
In April 1991 Pearson helped the Owls to League Cup glory, beating Manchester United 1-0 at Wembley, thanks to a John Sheridan strike. Pearson was also named as Man of the Match and, as captain, he was presented with the trophy. Those two honours were added to the fact that he helped to steer Wednesday back to the top flight as the Owls earned promotion in the same season.
Despite helping his side to both the FA Cup and League Cup finals in the following season, there was despair for Pearson, who broke his leg and therefore missed out on both showpieces, as Sheffield Wednesday fell short to Arsenal on both occasions.
In July 1994, Pearson made the final move of his playing career, with Middlesbrough's manager, former England captain Bryan Robson, making a £500,000 swoop for the commanding defender.
Pearson excelled in the twilight of his playing days on Teesside, again captaining a side to promotion, twice, and leading 'Boro to three domestic cup finals. Robson's side were arguably the most entertaining in the club's history and Pearson was the fulcrum of the team, with a never-say-die spirit, who came agonisingly close to glory during a breathless four-year period.
He retired from football as a player in the summer of 1998, but remained in the game.
Prior to his first spell as manager with the Foxes, Pearson enjoyed a dramatic start to management, overseeing Carlisle United's last-day escape from relegation out of the Football League, thanks to goalkeeper Jimmy Glass' famous stoppage time goal. Pearson had signed Glass on-loan and the 'keeper was thrown forward for a corner, scored, and relegated Scarborough in the process. The match was Pearson's last in charge at Brunton Park.
Nigel then moved on to first-team coaching roles at Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion, working as a National Coach for the FA for three years in between, before becoming assistant manager of Newcastle United, where he was twice put in caretaker charge of the club. He then experienced a brief spell at Southampton, helping to keep them in the Championship in 2008 after a final day 3-2 victory over Coventry City. That was to be his last game at St. Mary's, before his first move to Leicester City in June 2008.
During his last spell with the Club, Nigel and his staff led Leicester City to the League 1 Title in 2009. The Foxes went on a Club record 23-match unbeaten run and lost only four league games in 46 during their triumphant return to the Championship.
Pearson's men continued that form on their return, reaching the 2010 Championship Play-Off Semi-Finals, losing narrowly to Cardiff City in a penalty shootout, after finishing in fifth place in the division.
Pearson and his assistants then joined Hull City, where they finished in a respectable 11th place during the 2010/11 season after a number of players left the club following the Tigers' relegation from the Premier League. He then steered them into play-off contention at the start of the 2011/12 season before rejoining the Foxes in November.
Notably, Pearson also served as assistant manager to Stuart Pearce for the England Under-21 side, taking caretaker charge of the side for the first game at the new Wembley Stadium in 2007, a 3-3 draw with Italy, while Pearce was on duty as manager of Manchester City.
A former team-mate of current City boss Nigel Pearson at Sheffield Wednesday, Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare is currently in his second spell with the Club after re-joining in November 2011.
The 49-year-old midlands-born midfielder began his career with Walsall in 1981, where he played upwards of 350 games – the highlight of which coming in the 1987/88 season when he helped guide the Saddlers to the third tier of English football via the play-offs.
In 1989 Shakespeare signed with then top-flight side Sheffield Wednesday for £300,000 where he was to link up with Owls skipper Pearson for the first time, featuring 17 times for the Hillsborough side before a 1990 switch to West Bromwich Albion.
After three years, a promotion and well over 100 games for the Baggies, Shakespeare took in spells at Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Telford United and Hednesford Town before finally hanging up his boots in 2000 at the age of 36.
Shakespeare stayed in the game however, taking up a role as an Academy Coach with former side West Bromwich Albion, and later taking charge of the reserves at a time when former team-mate Pearson was assistant to then-West Brom boss Bryan Robson.
In October 2006, Shakespeare took charge of the first team for a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace following the departure of Robson, but eventually left the west-midlands side to join Leicester City as Assistant Manager to Pearson in July 2008.
After following Pearson to Hull City in 2010, Shakespeare returned with the current City boss to take up his role as assistant once again in November 2011, and helping take The Foxes to the brink of promotion to the top-flight through the 2012/13 Championship Play-Offs.
Along with fellow Assistant Manager Craig Shakespeare, Steve Walsh followed Nigel Pearson back to Leicester City in November 2011 to begin a second spell at the club and continue the work he started in July 2008.
The Assistant Manager, and Head of Recruitment helped Pearson and Shakespeare bring in 32 players to the Club in their first stint at King Power Stadium – a period that saw The Foxes claim the League 1 crown and reach the Championship Play-Offs the following season.
An accomplished non-league player, the highly regarded Walsh has worked for a host of clubs in a scouting capacity, including Bury, Chester, Chelsea and Newcastle – where he first came across City boss Pearson.
Alongside a 30 year career as Head of Physical Education for a number of comprehensive schools, Walsh worked part-time as a scout for Chelsea for 16 years, where he is credited with recommending the signings of players such as Tore Andre Flo and Gianfranco Zola.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho then persuaded Walsh to take on the full-time role of European Scout shortly after his arrival, where he worked closely with Andre Villas-Boas on the signings of Didier Drogba and Michael Essien.
However Walsh was lured from his position at Chelsea by then-Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce, where he linked up with Pearson, who had joined as assistant boss in 2006.
That partnership was to continue in 2008 when Walsh followed Pearson to Leicester, achieved promotion from League 1 and a top six position in the Championship before a spell at Hull City and then finally back to Leicester alongside Pearson and Shakespeare in 2011.
Goalkeeping coach, Mike Stowell, enjoyed a successful playing career before hanging up his gloves and concentrating on coaching.
The former Wolves stopper began his career at Preston North End but ended up making a name for himself after impressing in non-league football.
Mike was soon snapped up by Everton and spent the next five years at Goodison Park. During his time with the Toffees, Stowell spent time on loan at several clubs, including Manchester City, Port Vale and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After impressing at Molineux, Mike was snapped up by Wolves on a permanent deal in 1990 by manager Graham Turner. Stowell went on to spend over ten years as the West Midlands club's number one, making over 400 first team appearances.
During his time at Wolves, Stowell was part of the team that won the 1988/89 Football League Third Division title and was also called up to the England B squad.
In 2001, Mike left Molineux and signed for Bristol City, spending the next four seasons at the club before hanging up his gloves and taking a role as Leicester City's goalkeeping coach in 2005.
During his time at King Power Stadium, Stowell has also acted as Assistant Manager and caretaker manager.