Top target to replace Garde? Aston Villa to reportedly approach Nigel Pearson

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Aston Villa are reportedly set to approach former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson.

According to a report from The Telegraph, Aston Villa are set to approach Nigel Pearson about becoming their new manager following the departure of Remi Garde.

Villa chose to part ways with Garde on Tuesday evening, less than five months after appointing the Frenchman as a replacement for former boss Tim Sherwood.

Garde, who arrived back in November, won just two Premier League games as Villa boss, and was ultimately unable to save the club from their imminent relegation to the Championship, with Villa now 12 points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.

With Villa looking to make an immediate push for promotion back to the Premier League next season, it makes sense for them to pursue a manager who has experience of getting out of the division - and it seems that they are doing just that.

The Telegraph report that Villa are set to approach Nigel Pearson about taking the job, as they view him as a tough manager with the character to turn the club around.

Pearson, 52, has been out of work since leaving Leicester City last summer, and not only has experience of winning promotion from the Championship with the Foxes, but also kept the club in the Premier League last season - something Villa would need if they do win promotion.

With Villa already preparing to approach Pearson about taking the job, the former Hull City boss could be Villa's top target for the job - but the report also suggests interest in David Moyes, Sean Dyche and Steve Bruce, with an appointment unlikely to come until the end of the season.

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