Aston Villa are in search of a new manager this summer.
According to a report from the Express & Star, Aston Villa are closing in on the appointment of Nigel Pearson as their next permanent manager, and one wonders just how far that could ultimately see the Villans go despite their recent fall from grace.
Villa may be gearing up for at least one season in the Championship, but in Pearson they would have a manager who may feel he has unfinished business in the top flight.
After all, this is a manager who helped build a Leicester side that is closing in on their first ever Premier League title, and while his successor Claudio Ranieri has obviously done a huge amount to build on Pearson’s efforts – the signing of N’Golo Kante a case in point – there is no doubt the former Foxes boss played a big role in the club’s resurgence.
Whether he deserved to be sacked at the end of last season is a moot point with Leicester on the verge of making history, but there is little doubt Pearson could use any feelings of resentment to his – and Villa’s – advantage if he does take over at the club.
Villa need stability and if the board back the new boss this summer there is every chance they could come straight back up; and from there, Pearson will know from his own bitter experience that the sky really is the limit.