Sunderland have approached former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson over their vacant manager’s position, according to an exclusive from The Telegraph.
The Black Cats confirmed Dick Advocaat’s departure from Sunderland on Sunday and the club’s sporting director Lee Congerton has made a move to replace him by contacting Pearson, who was axed by the Foxes in the summer.
Pearson presided over a remarkable end-of-season run for Leicester last season which saw them evade the drop after they won seven of their last nine Premier League games, but Pearson’s working relationship with Leicester’s Thai owners deteriorated after his son – also a player at Leicester at the time – was sacked following an alleged racist sex tape filmed on the post-season tour of Thailand.
The 52-year-old is currently out of work and believed to be keen to make a swift return to management. Pearson’s representatives have spoken to Sunderland over over the weekend to discover if he would be interested in the post, but he is not the only man on the Sunderland short-list.
Sam Allardyce is believed to be high up the list, but is not ready to end his sabbatical after leaving West Ham, while Burnley manager Sean Dyche and former Real Sociedad chief David Moyes have reportedly turned down the chance of a Premier League return.