Nigel Pearson looking a strong favourite as next manager

I just happened to call for Sherwood the day before he was appointed, at the time.
So I got lucky, it was as simple as that.
It was just the logical suggestion and I don’t profess to have any insider knowledge.

But it now seems the manager I suggested a couple of weeks back, Nigel Pearson, who is definitely Marmite, is the current favourite for the job.

You can put money on the fact that I can’t make two consecutive calls correctly.
The truth is I normally struggle to pick my nose, let alone make this sort of prediction.
So Pearson coming in, is almost certainly wrong.

But at the same time, the media are happily running with the story and I find it interesting.

It’s also interesting that, from what I’m seeing, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail all put this online within a couple of minutes of each other.
So it’s probably rubbish, aimed at us all liking a bit of speculation.

It’s exactly why I can’t really be doing with it all.

But still the logic applies.
He has the experience in promoting Leicester and most of their current team were his.
He seems as tough as old boots and will sort the squad out.
And he’s British, which is seemingly the biggest pre-requisite.

Oh, I forgot.
Most importantly, he’s out of work, so will be cheaper.
Which leaves Pearson and Moyes as the main current contenders in my book.
And given Moyes will no doubt have much higher demands, Pearson remains my best bet for now, until the spotlight hits someone else.

The story is made a bit more spicier, as it suggests that Pearson has his new no 2 lined up, in Chris Powell.
Which supposedly answers the fact that all Pearson’s backup team are going to sign new contracts with Leicester.

Who’s Chris Powell? I ask myself.
Well, he played under Pearson (and I do vaguely remember him) and got sacked as manager by Huddersfield.
Sounds about the right sort of choice for us then, doesn’t it?
Not that the no 2 matters that much, but it’s hardly inspiring, is it?
What happened to the days when we tried to get winners in?

It’s all a game isn’t it?

But there’s one thing I do know for sure.
There’s no way on earth any of the media will know anything for sure until the deal’s done and pretty much announced.


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  1. Jimbo
    Jimbo April 14, 2016 at 4:19 pm . Reply

    Eric black has no clue, “I’m here to win football matches, not develope the young players”. Well matey that’s where your wrong, at this point in time we are screwed, a number of players will leave so you need to develope the youth and blood some for next season, chump!!!!

    1. pat57
      pat57 April 14, 2016 at 4:49 pm . Reply

      Honestly think Black will be out the door soon anyway

  2. swampduck
    swampduck April 14, 2016 at 4:50 pm . Reply

    i will be surprised if the fat get will ever play for villa again

    1. Saddened
      Saddened April 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm . Reply

      Lets hope not – How the hell can a professional athlete on £60,000 per week, become so unconditioned he has to be reconditioned – what an absolute disgrace and one of the best examples of how much contempt and disrespect he has for the club that has made the clueless tosser a multi-millionaire.

      What a hideous person !

      1. Jimbo
        Jimbo April 14, 2016 at 6:17 pm . Reply

        Spot on sir, discusted by it, breach of contract, if I’m not up to my job I get the sack, that’s your job and to not keep in good shape is a joke, it’s all you do numbnuts

        1. Bum Bum
          Bum Bum April 14, 2016 at 7:15 pm . Reply

          Yr spelling just reminded me of an old joke:
          A book comes home from work early and finds his Mrs shagging another chap in their bedroom. On this, he runs downstairs followed by his wife who finds him sticking his dick in and out of a pudding.
          “What are you doing”? cries the wife. The bloke replies”I’m f*cking dis custard”! (fucking disgusted for this who miss the punch line! 🙂 )
          Boom! Boom!!!!!!

          1. Bum Bum
            Bum Bum April 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm . Reply

            A bloke comes home from work…(bloody phones…).

          2. Bill Pearson
            Bill Pearson April 15, 2016 at 6:45 am . Reply

            Bum bum, that was dicusting mate. Hehe.

  3. steve
    steve April 14, 2016 at 5:19 pm . Reply

    So if one of our own (supposedly) can’t be arsed to get fit and put the effort in what chance have we had all season.
    Cheers club captain Gabby now sod off. But i’m sure you will just sit on your fat arse for a couple of years and see your contract out. Tosser.

    1. Ardent Villain
      Ardent Villain April 14, 2016 at 5:32 pm . Reply

      If the club are serious about ‘re-building’ now, then the end of this season should be Year Zero: they’re altready going to take a massive financial hit, so just bite the bullet and pay-off all the tossers who don’t want to find another employer. Just get-rid, and let’s never see them in a Villa shirt again.

      1. Hitchens 60
        Hitchens 60 April 14, 2016 at 6:12 pm . Reply

        And so say all of us

      2. DSVilla
        DSVilla April 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm . Reply

        I agree. There again it’s not my money. Lerner has lost a fortune. A lot of it’s his own fault. Look at Gabby though…£60K a week is just over £3M a year with 3 years of that left to go. That would be one massive pay off, even if we didn’t have to pay all of it. Another 6-10 players on top of that with £1-2M to force them out if there’s no buyers, and that’s easily £10M down the drain. Does anyone really see that happening? Not a chance in hell if you ask me.

        How many comments have we heard from the club about how much money Lerner has lost and what do we see already? Cost cutting. A wholesale cull of the players, much as it’s what is probably deserved and needed seems a bit unlikely.

        Gabby will stay as no other club will want him unless we pay most of his wages. That might go for a few more as well. We will lose the best players – Ayew for a start, maybe Amavi if he gets fit early enough. I may as well stop there as the rest aren’t good enough for anyone to pay decent money.

        I find it hard to see any of this in a positive light.

  4. Holtender
    Holtender April 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm . Reply

    Like most on here I’d prefer Moyes, but I’d still be very happy with Pearson. He’s had a couple of unsavoury incidents but I’d prefer an honest passionate manager than a media trained yes man.

    I understand the concern about his assistants, I’m sure they had significant influence, but he chose them, he decided on the structure of how they operated and I’d back him to be able to do that again.

    His greatest strength seems to be judging a players personality. People question whether it’s Ranieri or the players are more responsible for Leicester’s phenomenal season? If theres one thing we’ve learned over the last few seasons, it’s that the players personalities are hugely influential on performance. He was responsible for putting together a squad of fighters who held their nerve in a relegation dog fight and are showing remarkable poise under a very different kind of pressure this season. That was all down to his judgement, recruitment and leadership skills. If Moyes won’t come, Pearson would be miles ahead of Rodgers for me.

  5. Andrew
    Andrew April 14, 2016 at 10:04 pm . Reply

    Rodgers for me, definitely. His style of football, his recruitment. Not all of those players were down to him, Benteke and such weren’t his signings and I think any new manager will have a big say in who comes in. He’s also not one to cause problems, Pearson isn’t a leader, he’s a bully, who causes problems. Just ask Leicester not once, but twice. Yes Pearson did well at Leicester, but so did Rodgers at Swansea.

    1. bws
      bws April 15, 2016 at 8:24 am . Reply

      What style of football might that be? Oh you mean the tika-taka football already established at Swansea by Roberto Martinez?
      Recruitment? The scatter gun approach he adopted a Liverpool? 31 signings including the likes of Balotelli – Borini – Aspas – Marković – Origi – Clyne?
      Just the small matter of £75.5m down the pan.
      Did well at Swansea? What with 47 points and scoring the grand total of 44 goals conceding 51?
      I really don’t get this Rodgers love in.

      1. Saddened
        Saddened April 15, 2016 at 9:36 am . Reply

        I agree mate – I remember watching the Liverpool documentary and him telling the players “I have 3 envelopes and in them are 3 names and these 3 names will disappoint me this season”…… It was like watching David Brent become a football manager… I would choose Moyes then Pearson, but lets face it, they may not want to come and Randy will go for a cheap option anyhow.

        1. bws
          bws April 15, 2016 at 9:53 am . Reply

          Mate,no one can deny Liverpool cane close to winning the league under him but imo that was more to do with one Luis Suarez than his ability as a manager.
          The last thing we need in a physical league like the Championship is someone who wants to turn into a poor mans Barcelona playing the beautiful game.

          1. bws
            bws April 15, 2016 at 9:53 am . Reply


      2. Andrew
        Andrew April 15, 2016 at 5:54 pm . Reply

        Couple things here:
        First off, you do know they had a transfer committee right? Not every purchase was his choice and I have huge doubts Balotelli was.
        Origi and Clyne are far from wastes of money. Clyne’s a fantastic RB and Origi is coming into his own pretty well. Aspas is proving he’s quality, despite maybe not being suited for the Premier League, I’d take Markovic at Villa all day if we were a Premier League side next season. Borini was very good at Swansea under him, he’s not Liverpool quality, no.

        Second, set up by Martinez. The man who was terrible at Wigan in terms of transfers, gd and getting them relegated? Or the man that has a very talented Everton side 12th in the table and every single Everton fan wants him gone?

        Yeah, because I remember Pearson getting Leicester in the top 10 with a strong gd and not struggling. Oh… Wait… 46 scored, 55 conceded and fortunate as hell they went on an incredible run or he wouldn’t even be mentioned by fans. I guess as Swansea’s first season in the league, 11th can be considered awful…

  6. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 15, 2016 at 9:55 am . Reply

    Anyone with any sense would think twice about coming to Villa, this is why Lerner stept back, he is the fly in the ointment, all what’s being said is supposition, we will end up again with a desperate manager that will come only for a Job and not a career and unable to give us fans what we want, I bet that even now the club have tried and failed to even get interest from players, and job seekers, I’ve been told 100 people down Villa have lost their jobs,anyone know?

    1. bws
      bws April 15, 2016 at 10:10 am . Reply

      It’s wrong Bill that one player on our books that (but never plays) probably takes home more in a week than three of these poor sods earn in a year combined and they’re the ones that suffer.

    2. Holtender
      Holtender April 15, 2016 at 10:40 am . Reply

      I believe things are going to be different this time around Bill. We’re a much better proposition now we’ve got serious football people making the decisions. In a strange way I think we’re a more attractive option now we’ve been relegated than we have been for a good few years.

      1. Bill Pearson
        Bill Pearson April 15, 2016 at 11:40 am . Reply

        I do hope so Holtender, its that nothing’s coming back to us fans.

        1. Holtender
          Holtender April 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm . Reply

          It’s been a nightmare mate. We’ll have a couple more bumps along the way yet, but I think we’ve bottomed out. Hopefully your grandkids will have a lot more to cheer about in the coming seasons.

  7. Dave.C
    Dave.C April 15, 2016 at 11:19 am . Reply

    I’m with you BWS on Rodgers, apart from Clyne and Origi, I would crawl over broken glass to have those two in our team, both cracking players for me.

    1. DSVilla
      DSVilla April 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm . Reply

      Not Coutinho then? He did sign a lot of players who haven’t worked out though.

      1. Andrew
        Andrew April 15, 2016 at 5:58 pm . Reply

        Not all of them were his, a lot of them were Ian Ayre’s and their committee that he implemented under Rodger’s.

  8. pat57
    pat57 April 15, 2016 at 2:38 pm . Reply

    Really not sure about Rogers but do we really have a clue as to whether we stand a chance of getting Moyes, Pearson or Rogers?

    After all we’re severely damaged goods.

    Still fancy Rowett though. He’s done really well in the Championship with a budget all of 2p and he’s young and might be in it for the long haul. Really fed up of seeing managers come and go.

    Whoever it is hope we find out soon.

  9. Bill Pearson
    Bill Pearson April 15, 2016 at 4:06 pm . Reply

    Rey Menaji, Villa tracking him, load of codwollop again from Birmingham mail, and Black on about playing the kids if he thinks they can hack it. Dear me what next.

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