Odds shorten on Nigel Pearson getting Aston Villa job

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Nigel Pearson's odds on getting the Aston Villa job have shortened somewhat.

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson has seen his odds slashed to just 7/4 over being named Aston Villa's next permanent manager, according to Sky Bet.

Earlier this week, the 52-year-old was quoted at around 4/1 in a market in which ex-Chelsea coach Roberto Di Matteo was odds-on favourite for the post.

With Dr Tony Xia completing his takeover of the Villans (The Guardian), it was reported that the Chinese businessman wanted Di Matteo to front the new-look Villa.

And that may be the case, but the Italian's odds have drifted out to 1/1 - or evens - in a joint move which might suggest Pearson has a chance.

Villa fans, for the most part, reacted unkindly to the rumours surrounding Di Matteo last week, although he did win promotion with West Bromwich Albion back in 2010.

But Pearson is perhaps the sort of no-nonsense figure which this Villa team needs. He may have a stronger personality than Di Matteo and, of course, he is that bit more experienced when it comes to Championship football.

David Moyes, meanwhile, is now quoted at just 9/2 for the role, having been a massive 20/1 in our previous update, although it seems unlikely that the Scot - a former Manchester United boss - would take a Championship job.

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