The national press are starting to take a more serious approach in reporting on who will be the new Aston Villa boss after the recent weeks of Steve Bruce, Mick McCarthy and the like, wide goose chase reporting.
MOMS intel since Garde left, has suggested that Nigel Pearson has impressed various members of the Villa board, and considered a natural fit when considering the task ahead for the club. In fact, apart from whispers of favour in some quarters for Gary Monk, all indications have pointed to Pearson (we did say put money on it weeks ago 🙂 ).
Yes, Nottingham Forest have also been lobbying hard for the no-nonsense former Foxes manager, but his appearance at the Forest game on Monday against Brighton seems to have more chance of being related to Villa matters.
There’s no doubt Pearson would have to rebuild the Villa midfield, so why not check out Gary Gardener who’s on loan there and also get a feel for the Championship while he’s at it.
Any announcement on a new Villa manager may be delayed, so the club can finish off the reminder of this deadwood season, while the new boss works away in the background under the radar of press intrusion. Also, a manager wouldn’t want to the stain of relegation on his record, just for the sake of managing the players that have let the club down for a few games.
This approach certainly seems like it would match Pearson’s pragmatic approach (see our article for more on that). A likely public announcement would be with two or three games to go, with the manager watching from the stands and taking over officially as soon as the final whistle blows at the Emirates.
Although, the assignment is the Championship next season, a league that Pearson won with Leicester, with a season managing the Foxes in the Premier League and also managing Newcastle for the odd game as caretaker manager before that, Pearson actually has more Premier League experience than Tim Sherwood and Remi Garde had put together when they respectively took the Villa job.
The Guardian this evening announced that as well as being the frontrunner for the Villa job as predicted, Pearson has lined up Chris Powell to be his assistant when he makes his return.
Powell who has an England cap to his name was much-loved at Charlton as both a player and manager, and has also played and coached under Pearson. He also brings plenty of Championship experience to the table to make a more dynamic assistant than yesterday man Ray Wilkins.
Certainly the two of them, if they head up Villa’s team next season will bring a completely different attitude to proceedings from what we’ve witnessed this season. UTV
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