Pearson has really tried to foster a culture at Vicarage Road, one built upon inclusivity and creating an emotional bond amongst each other and with the supporters.
“It's pleasing our players are involved,” said the Head Coach. “I spoke to one of the players and he said he had called 22 fans. I thought, 'Wow'. Some of the calls you make can be quite short, some quite long, depending if people want to engage with you or not. The feedback genuinely given is that it's appreciated. We have a responsibility to make sure our immediate family are safe at this time, but what strikes me, as a national identity, is that when we experience difficult times, we just come together and look after each other. In the modern world, where there is not always a lot of positivity, there is a lot of tolerance out there and goodwill. We have a responsibility to play our part in that.
“It's a very important initiative and when we engage in something like this, it's important it's done with an integrity and there is an authenticity about it. I think it's very, very important we do this type of thing. We can't do anything physically but giving some moral support is vitally important. We do what we can. There is a community spirit and our football club is at the centre of that.”