Nigel Pearson’s response when asked about Aston Villa and Sunderland interest

Nigel Pearson is without a managerial job at the moment.

Former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has told The Times that neither Aston Villa nor Sunderland made an approach for him in the summer of 2015.

Pearson parted company with Leicester at the end of June, with Claudio Ranieri subsequently replacing him at the King Power Stadium.

The 52-year-old is still without a managerial job, and he has suggested that there was no interest from Villa or Sunderland, both of whom are struggling for survival in the Premier League at the moment.

“I never heard anything,” Pearson told The Times when asked if there was interest from Villa or Sunderland. “I think both clubs knew who they wanted. I was never really in the frame for either.”

Villa are at the foot of the Premier League table at the moment with just 16 points from 26 matches.

Sunderland are second from bottom in the standings with 23 points from 26 games, just a point behind 17th-placed Norwich City.

Remi Garde is in charge of Villa at the moment, while Sam Allardyce is the current manager of the Black Cats.

Meanwhile, Leicester are flying high in the Premier League and are two points clear at the top of the table.

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