Derby County have suspended manager Nigel Pearson amid of an impending internal investigation by the Championship club.
The move follows a meeting between Pearson and Derby owner and chairman Mel Morris at the club’s training ground on Monday afternoon, with the Rams releasing a statement just hours before their league fixture at Cardiff on Tuesday.
“Derby County can confirm that manager Nigel Pearson will not be carrying out his duties at tonight’s game at the request of the club,” the statement read.
“Assistant manager Chris Powell will take charge of the team for this evening’s Sky Bet Championship match at Cardiff City. The club will make no further comment at this time.”
Former Leicester boss Pearson has endured a poor start to life at the iPro Stadium, winning just once in the league so far after his summer appointment, though his suspension is not understood to be based upon the club’spoor performance this season.