Pearson was the manager who brought Leicester back to the Championship in the 2008/09 season and then took them to the play offs in the following season, but he moved on in the summer of 2010 for Hull City who had finally sacked Phil Brown and dispensed with the services of Iain Dowie.
Leicester appointed Paolo Sousa and when they made a difficult start to last season he was dismissed with Sven Goran Eriksson being appointed. Eriksson himself was shown the door recently and it appears that Pearson was always the number one target for a return.
It's taken time as the clubs have thrashed out a deal but tonight Leicester confirmed Nigel Pearson as their new manager on a deal until the end of the 2013/14 season. He takes with him coaches Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh to the former Crisp Bowl.
Meanwhile Hull have sprung something of a surprise. They have appointed Nick Barmby as caretaker manager for the foreseeable future and have confirmed that there is no interest in pursuing alternative managerial candidates at this time.
Stuart Watkiss will be the first team coach whilst Seamus McDonough, who once scored for Bolton against Burnley, will continue as goalkeeping coach. Darren Robinson has joined the set up from Nottingham Forest whilst a new assistant manager will be appointed in the near future.
These latest managerial changes mean no less than 44 of the 92 Premier and Football League clubs have changed manager at least once in 2011. Eddie Howe is now the 58th longest serving and already the 12th longest serving of the 24 Championship club managers.