Ian Holloway urges Aston Villa to consider Mick McCarthy despite Pearson reports

Ian Holloway

Aston Villa should go for Mick McCarthy, according to Ian Holloway.

Pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Aston Villa should be looking to appoint Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy this summer.

Villa's relegation to the Championship was confirmed earlier this month after a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, and it would be a surprise to see them pick up another point before the end of the season having been hammered 4-2 by Southampton on Saturday.

The club are in need of a huge overhaul this summer, and whilst players will come and go, they need to appoint a new manager following the departure of Remi Garde last month.

Reports from The Mirror claim that former Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson has held two rounds of talks with Villa about becoming their new manager, and he is understandably the clear favourite for the job.

However, former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway thinks Villa should be looking to appoint somebody else - Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy.

McCarthy, who won the Championship title with Sunderland in 2005 and Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009, has missed out on the play-offs with Ipswich this term and some believe he could leave Portman Road this summer.

Now, Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks 57-year-old McCarthy should be considered for the Villa job, because has the experience and know-how of the Championship to turn Villa's fortunes around.

"Mick McCarthy should be on the shortlist for the next Aston Villa job, without a shadow of a doubt," said Holloway. "I think Ipswich will do well to hold onto McCarthy this summer. Someone with his credibility and know-how will be hot property. Villa must go for someone who knows the Championship and have seen it and done it before."

"It's going to take someone with real experience to clean up that mess. It's going to take down to earth talking. A straight talking person will need to lead and make the players believe again. That man will need to get the overpaid players who don't care out of the door. It will take someone with great skill to achieve that. It's massive job and someone has a huge job on their hands. They'll be a long queue of people who'd want that job - it's a belting gig, but it's one hell of a project," he added.

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