Soccer coach flips out at a reporter, calls him an ostrich

As far as insults go, calling a grown adult an ostrich is somewhat new. But in the soap opera that is the Premier League, that’s what happened yesterday.

Leicester City had won four games in a row and took the lead against Chelsea, before giving up three goals to lose. Leicester boss Nigel Pearson was grumpy. Here’s video proof:

If you’re confused, so was everyone else. But it goes something like this: the reporter (Ian Baker from the The Wardle Whittell Agency) asked Pearson to clarify his comment about the criticism surrounding Leicester.

To which Pearson responded: “Have you been on holiday for six months? Have you been away for six months? I think you must have been head in the clouds, away on holiday, or reporting on a different team.”

He went on:

If you don’t know the answer to that question, then I think you are an ostrich. Or your head must be in the sand. Is your head in the sand? Are you flexible enough to get your head in the sand? My suspicion would be no. I can, you can’t. You can’t.

You’ve been here often enough. For you to ask that question, I think you’re being very, very silly, or you’re absolutely stupid. One of the two. Because for you to ask that questions, I’m sorry, son, but you are daft.

At some point, Baker tried to explain and the only thing that came out of his mouth was “what, ummm…” so Pearson jumped on that too.

You don’t know ‘what, ummm…’? Well you must be very stupid. I’m sorry.

Then Pearson stood up and walked out of the press conference.

Here’s a full transcript.

Pearson has since apologized, saying he was all worked up from the loss. Baker, for his part, accepted the apology.

But seriously, he’s probably not flexible enough to put his head in the sand, so Pearson should have stood by his comments.


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