While it maybe a bit premature to write about managers to succeed Rémi Garde, whilst the current Villa boss is still in the job, speculation and whispers behind the scenes are very much pointing to the fact the Frenchman’s time at Villa Park maybe coming to an end.
With that in mind, we’ve started to look at who’s out there and one contender who ticks a lot of boxes is ex-Leicester boss Nigel Pearson. Yes, it’s as easy to build a case against him, than it is for him, but with Villa now pitching up at Championship level, it’s not going to be an attractive proposition for a lot of top managers.
Nice guys, shy guys and affable guys have all failed working under the Lerner regime, so maybe a no-nonsense hardman is the way to go?
a) Associated with Foxes success, due to his miracle rescue job
b) Section of Villa fans want him
c) Unattached, no pay-offs,
d) Knows the task of promotion and winning the Championship
e) Suffers no fools and there’s a lot of them amongst the current squad of players
f) Has a point to prove, so will be well motivated
g) Can battle wild dogs (see below)
There is one main attribute that especially makes Nigel Pearson a serious contender for the Villa job. Remember the ‘wild dog’ story? Which came from his Telegraph interview a couple of years ago?
Pearson is a keen hiker, liking to be in the wilderness alone in his thoughts, and has hiked most of the top spots in the UK. His most interesting hiking incident though, came in the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, when he had an encounter that could have cost him his life.
The mountain range is home to brown bears who are a trouble for the local sheep farmers for obvious reasons. So, farmers in the region keep packs of large livestock guardian dogs that are capable of taking out these bears in order to protect the sheep. There have been reported incidents of these dogs savaging hikers by mistake.
Pearson came face-to-face with a pack of five of these dogs, who mistaking him for predator or bear (easy mistake to make) attacked him. Pearson had come prepared though and done his research before his trip. He used his walking stick to attack the dogs eyes before taking refuge in a batch of nettles knowing that the dogs can’t stand the stinging on their sensitive noses.
Thinking that the dogs had given up he began his hike again only to come across them once again. Pearson faced down the dogs with his back against a tree and again aimed for the dog’s eyes with his stick. Eventually, realising that Pearson was as hard as nails, the dogs gave in and Pearson was left in peace to carry on his Romanian ramble.
This ladies and gentlemen is the kind of survival skills and toughness we need at Villa Park now. Just factoring in the way he dealt with his wild dog experience, MOMS is beginning to feel that Pearson could be just the man to deal with Gabby and co, and shake this pathetic excuse for a football team up.
Can you imagine Steve Bruce, David Moyes, Gary Monk and co, or any of the recent Villa managers Lambert, Sherwood or Garde, fighting off wild dogs? Nah, I can’t.
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