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Leicester City shocked by Nigel Pearson's exit

Leicester City

Leicester City chief executive Lee Hoos has said former manager Nigel Pearson's departure came as a shock to the club.

Pearson signed a three-year deal to manage Hull City on Thursday and is being followed by assistants Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh.

Hoos told BBC Radio Leicester: "We were very surprised with the initial inquiry from Hull.

"He obviously liked what they had to offer and felt it was an appropriate time to go."

The phone's been ringing pretty much non-stop

Leicester City chief executive - Lee Hoos

Hoos said he did not know Pearson's reasons for leaving the Foxes.

"Nigel is a very private man even with people who are close to him.

"He keeps his own counsel and his reasoning is only ever going to be known to him."

Hoos added that the Foxes would find a replacement manager as soon as possible but added it would not make a hasty appointment.

"The phone's been ringing pretty much non-stop. I think Leicester would probably be an attractive club to most people. It's a good club with a good fan base and good core squad," he said.

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