Matthew Upson urges Aston Villa to appoint his former manager Nigel Pearson this summer

Matthew Upson is backing Nigel Pearson for the Aston Villa job.

Former England and West Ham United defender Matthew Upson has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Nigel Pearson could be ideal for Aston Villa.

Villa lost yet again this afternoon, as Southampton coasted to a 4-2 win over the Premier League's bottom club in another dismal afternoon at Villa Park.

Villa's relegation to the Championship was confirmed last week, and the club appear to be in total disarray as this awful season finally comes towards its end.

With manager Remi Garde leaving the club last month, Villa will search for a new manager this summer, with a huge task facing whoever dares to take the Villa Park hot seat.

The current favourite with the bookmakers is Nigel Pearson, who may have the experience Villa need. Having won the Championship title in 2014, Pearson then kept Leicester in the Premier League last season, and those are two things Villa will value highly as they look to rebuild.

Factor in that he's a strong, no-nonsense manager, and Pearson appears to be the perfect candidate for Villa - and one of his former players has backed him for the job.

Former England international defender Matthew Upson - who worked with Pearson at Leicester City last season - has told BBC's Match of the Day 2 Extra that he thinks Pearson is absolutely the right kind of manager Villa should target, and believes he has the character to change the entire attitude at Villa Park.

"I think absolutely," said Upson. "I think he's got the character and the personality to deal with the situation at that club at the moment. He's a strong-willed character, so maybe he needs that with the board and with the players, to have that kind of strength. He's definitely a person who can achieve that, " he added.

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