Aston Villa are in search of a new permanent manager.
The Premier League’s bottom club are on their third boss of the campaign, with Eric Black in caretaker charge after Tim Sherwood’s successor, Remi Garde, left last month.
The regular changes have done nothing to improve Villa’s form and the club will be playing at least one season in the Championship following their disastrous campaign.
Pearson has proved before that he can inspire players to great things and his no-nonsense approach is exactly what Villa need to resurrect a fallen giant.
Pearson has been out of work since leaving Leicester City at the end of last season, and after holding initial talks with Villa last week the Mail claims more discussions will take place with chairman Steve Hollis sooner rather than later.
The report claims Pearson is competing with David Moyes for the job and while the former Everton and Manchester United manager would be a welcome choice for many, the ex-Foxes man is just what Villa need right now.