Dennis Mortimer has feeling about who Garde's replacement could be, rules out Moyes

Dennis Mortimer is backing Nigel Pearson to become the new Aston Villa manager.

Former Aston Villa skipper Dennis Mortimer has been quoted by The Sun as saying that he has a feeling Nigel Pearson could become the club's new manager.

Villa chose to part ways with manager Remi Garde on Tuesday evening, bringing the Frenchman's time at Villa Park to an end after less than five months in the job.

With Villa bottom of the Premier League table and 12 points adrift of safety, it's clear that huge changes at needed at Villa Park, and the departure of Garde - alongside chief executive Tom Fox and sporting director Hendrik Almstadt - are the start of a huge period of rebuilding for Villa.

A new manager may not be appointed until the end of the season, but a host of names have already been suggested for the job, including Nigel Pearson, David Moyes, Steve Bruce and Sean Dyche.

Now, former Villa captain Dennis Mortimer, who skipped the side to victory over Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final, has had his say on the situation.

Mortimer is quoted by The Sun as saying that former Hull boss Pearson is the right man for the job having impressed in his last role with Leicester City, and Mortimer even has a feeling that Villa will make Pearson their new manager before next season.

Mortimer also suggested that Bruce and Dyche aren't right for Villa because are yo-yoing between the top two divisions with Hull City and Burnley respectively, whilst he also feels David Moyes is more suited to the Premier League rather than the Championship, where Villa will be next season.

"I can understand if Pearson doesn’t want to be in charge when Villa are relegated and it's on his record," said Mortimer. "So he could be ‘appointed’ and work in the background before an official announcement is made. Look at Leicester now, that’s still mainly his team top of the league. If he can do that for them, think what he’d do for Villa.

"I have a feeling Pearson would be the man. Bruce and Dyche are too up and down between the divisions. And I don’t think Moyes would be right, he’s more suited to the Premier League," he added.

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