Report: Sunderland approach Nigel Pearson despite links to North East rivals

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Sunderland are reportedly pursuing Nigel Pearson as their next manager.

According to The Telegraph, Sunderland have made an approach to former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson over becoming their new manager.

The Black Cats are searching for a new manager, after Dutchman Dick Advocaat left his role in the Stadium of Light dugout on Sunday afternoon, with a 2-2 draw against West Ham not enough to persuade the 68-year-old to stay.

Now, after the departures of Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet in recent years, Sunderland are once again looking for a new manager who can stabilise the club long-term, with many fans wanting former Sunderland defender Sam Allardyce to return to the club.

However, The Telegraph report that Sunderland have made an approach to Nigel Pearson over taking the reins on Wearside, having left Leicester City this summer.

Pearson, 52, was embroiled in a number of controversial issues last season, including touchline spats and press conference arguments, but the ends justified the means as he kept the Foxes in the Premier League against all odds.

Now, Pearson could be in line for a return to management as Sunderland consider appointing him as Advocaat's replacement - despite links to two of the Black Cats' North East rivals.

Pearson was a defender for Middlesbrough in his playing days, whilst he also served as caretaker manager for Newcastle previously. That experience in the North East would serve Pearson well, but his history may put some of the more partisan fans off.

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