Trevor Francis’ response when asked if Nigel Pearson should be new Derby boss

Former Nottingham Forest forward Trevor Francis does not see the ex-Hull City and Leicester City boss taking charge of Derby County.

Former Nottingham Forest forward Trevor Francis suggested on the Matchday Live with Fletch & Sav show on BT Sport 1 on Saturday morning (February 13) that Nigel Pearson may not be interested in the Derby County job.

Derby sacked Paul Clement as their head coach on Monday evening, and placed academy director Darren Wassall in charge of the first team for the rest of the season.

“Nigel Pearson will believe that he is a Premier League manager, and he showed last year what a good job he did towards the end of last season,” said former Forest star Francis when asked whether Pearson should be the new Derby manager. “Once you have managed in the Premier League, you would like to go back in there.”

Pearson did a brilliant job at Leicester City season, as he kept the Foxes up in the Premier League.

The 52-year-old did not make a huge impact at Hull City, where he was in charge from June 2010 till November 2011, but his work at Leicester cannot be undermined.

Pearson is without a managerial job at the moment, but as Francis suggests, the Englishman may not looking to move down a division to the Championship.

Derby are sixth in the Championship table at the moment with 51 points from 31 matches, three points clear of seventh-placed Birmingham City.

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