Pearson ignores sack questions

It was widely reported on Sunday evening that Pearson had lost his job with the Premier League???s bottom club before the club issued a statement denying the rumours.

The issue was the main talking point at Monday???s media conference ahead of City???s game with Arsenal on Tuesday night and Pearson was keen to focus on his side???s trip to the Emirates rather than speculation on his future.

“I’ve never spoken too much about internal relationships at the club. I’ve always had a good working relationship with the board,??? said Pearson.

???There is sometimes speculation – unfortunately, sometimes the news breaks. But I still have a responsibility to lead the players. I’d rather the story wasn’t out there but it is, and I have to carry on.

“I understand the interest, the questions, but I have loyalties to the people I work for, my staff and the players that are more important to me than dealing with stories that are based on speculation.

???I???ve had conversations (with the board) and if I???ve got things to say I???ll say them in the appropriate manner to the appropriate people.

???We have a game tomorrow and my focus and that of the players is very much on what we can do tomorrow night.???