Isn't pearl-clutching over whether someone is being labelled 'a liar' a little childish, in reality? If you're so insistent that Pearson isn't 'a liar', then you must equally be insisting that several very prominent and senior/respected football journalists are 'liars'. In reality, everyone lies and they do it often, in all kinds of nuanced ways, whether it's via omission or a partial telling of the truth, or direct and blatant. Plenty of diplomatic statements that are necessary thanks to the lack of actual black and white scenarios in the world are 'lies' if you care to look at them like that. It's just like when Ivic was making statements about players who were unavailable during the transfer window, and some would shriek like a faded southern belle at the slightest suggestion that he, our Head Coach, might be being accused of being 'a liar', despite the fact that it is essentially part of the very fabric of his job to tell 'lies' when it is in the interests of his players and club, as it is with every other manager. Nobody's honour is unimpeachable here, nor should you expect it to be, and equally it's not actually any kind of a big deal if someone thinks they are in some way not telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth a la Ricky Gervais' (flawed) 'The Invention of Lying'.