Aston Villa confirmed his appointment earlier today.
Ron Atkinson has revealed the plan to prepare Pearson to become Wednesday boss back in the late 1990s.
Atkinson believes the FA should turn to Hoddle if a move for Allardyce does not materialise.
Atkinson had an eventful spell in charge at Villa Park.
The former pundit was discussing the strength of next year's division and has tipped the two sides to be contenders.
The former Aston Villa boss has been discussing the Midlands club.
Ron Atkinson insists that Ron Vlaar must stay fit for Aston Villa to have any chance of success this season.
A round up of this morning’s news related to Chelsea.
Ron Atkinson also managed several other clubs including Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and West Brom.
Most people will look at Villa’s 3-1 defeat to Bradford City, in the first leg of the ‘Capital One Cup’ Semi Final, as a disaster. But Villa have been in this position before against lower league opposition and turned it around.