Gale has become the latest pundit to call on Pearson to get the Villa job.
Aston Villa’s managerial situation has been one of the big stories in football this week. Following the 1-0 defeat v Swansea City it looked as though Villa were all set to part company with Remi Garde earlier this week.
So far that has not happened but the general consensus is that the Frenchman is on borrowed time.
One man who is certain he will be gone is Sky Sports pundit and former West Ham player Tony Gale. Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ earlier today (24/04/2016) he insisted that Garde’s lack of Championship knowledge meant he was unsuitable to the task:
“They’ve got to assess what does Remi Garde bring to the table in terms of the Championship? I would suggest not a lot. He won’t know anything about the Championship whatsoever.
“So bring in someone who is used to the terrain and giving them an outstanding opportunity of using that financial muscle that they’ve got first time around to get back up. That’s what they have got to worry about.”
He went on to suggest who he felt would be the right man for the job. Like so many have already suggested, Gale believes that former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson would be perfect for the role.
“It is a difficult job but it is one for someone who is experienced in the Championship so I would look at Nigel Pearson for instance. He’s out of work, you’ve not got to compensate any other club for him coming out.
“Let him get in there, let him sort things out.”
Pearson has Championship experience with Leicester City, Hull City and Southampton – he even guided Leicester to promotion from League One and the Championship during his time at the club.
It would be his quality and experience in this area that would surely tempt Villa into appointing him the new boss at Villa Park and he is currently the bookies, and many pundits, favourite for the role.