NIGEL Pearson says he has “good memories” of his time at Newcastle United.
The Leicester City manager was No2 to Glenn Roeder and Sam Allardyce at St James’s Park.
And the former Middlesbrough defender – who brings his newly-promoted side to the stadium tomorrow – enjoyed his time on Tyneside, despite the ups and downs on the pitch.
“(I have) a lot of very good memories,” said Pearson.
“It was an appointment that came very much out the blue – I’d just left West Brom because my manager had left.
“I didn’t expect to be in work as quick. It was a great experience for me at a big club with a lot of very good things about it.
“I still know a lot of people up there who work for the club, and I’m looking forward to seeing them.”
Leicester have made a promising start to the season.
And Pearson is looking forward to pitting his wits against Newcastle boss Alan Pardew at St James’s Park.
“It’s a fantastic place to play football – a great stadium and atmosphere,” he said.
“It’s important that the fans enjoy that sort of experience, but for us it’s about a job to do, and it’s a big game for us.
“My focus remains very much on us and how we approach games.
“We have to go there and play at our best because regardless of where you go, the sides that are well established have got players that are experienced and quality as well, and we’ve got to compete with that – all these games are interesting.
“People want to talk about certain games more than others and yet, I’m not a cliche man, but our most important game now is Newcastle.
“They are a big club with good players.”