Dennis Mortimer claims Nigel Pearson should've been appointed Aston Villa boss, not Garde

Aston Villa legend Dennis Mortimer says the club should have appointed Nigel Pearson as manager.

Former Aston Villa skipper Dennis Mortimer has told The Mirror that he always though Nigel Pearson should have been appointed Villa boss, not Remi Garde.

Villa's relegation to the Championship is drawing ever closer, as Sunday's 6-0 home defeat to Liverpool was an utter embarrassment for a club hurtling towards the drop.

A change of manager mid-season hasn't helped, as after struggling under previous boss Tim Sherwood, his replacement Remi Garde hasn't enjoyed much success either.

Following another gutless display on Sunday, many are again questioning whether Villa really should have appointed a manager with no Premier League experience as they attempted to escape relegation.

Now, former Villa captain Dennis Mortimer, who won the European Cup with the club in 1982, has had his say on the managerial situation at Villa Park, claiming that Villa appointed the wrong man.

Speaking to The Mirror, Mortimer claims that Villa should have instead appointed Nigel Pearson, a manager who performed a miraculous escape from relegation with Leicester City last season, laying the groundwork for this season's success at the King Power Stadium.

Mortimer believes there is no character in the Villa side, and they had to appoint a manager with Premier League experience - and made a mistake not appointing Pearson.

"For me, I always felt it should have been Nigel Pearson coming in. I think the ideal person who should have taken this job was Nigel Pearson," said Mortimer. "What he did last year to get Leicester up the league and then they have gone on from there and are now top, it is unbelievable."

"You have to put the right manager in, a guy who knows what it is all about and understands what the Premier League is all about, until they get that right they won’t get the right players. They have not got the players capable of making it happen for them. It is all about character, there is no character on the pitch," he added.

Would Villa have been better off with Pearson in charge rather than Garde?

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