Stan Collymore has an uplifting message for Aston Villa fans

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Aston Villa lost 4-2 at home to Southampton.

Former player Stan Collymore has suggested on Twitter that Aston Villa have begun talks with Nigel Pearson over possible becoming the club’s new manager ahead of next season.

The Villains suffered yet another home defeat in the Premier League this weekend, going down 4-2 to Southampton as the visitors look to continue their charge towards the European spots.

Villa have endured an abysmal campaign and relegation was confirmed last week, prompting plenty of calls from supporters for owner Randy Lerner and certain players to leave the club.

While a new board has been put together in the hope of uniting the club somewhat, the club are currently manager-less and their next appointment could prove critical in their bid to bounce back.

A number of names have been singled out, and among those is former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson who remains unemployed following his highly successful reign at the King Power Stadium.

With fans in need of a lift, Collymore claims on Twitter that talks have begun with the former defender.

Pearson has a very respectful CV following spells at Southampton, Hull City and Leicester, an importantly he knows the Championship inside out and what it takes to get out of the competitive league.

The 52-year-old may not be the most liked manager by the media, yet his ability to unite a group of players and get them all pulling in the same direction amid pressure and expectations is admirable.

Pearson would be a fine choice for Villa, and they would be wise to get him on board as soon as possible.

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