A manager whom several Sheffield Wednesday supporters would like as Garry Monk’s successor has claimed he will only take jobs he thinks will be a ‘good stimulus’ for him, and that he can ‘get something out of’.
Monk’s position as Wednesday manager has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with his Owls side having suffered four straight defeats against Brentford, Luton Town, Rotherham United and Wycombe Wanderers.
The 41-year-old was able to ease some of the pressure with a win against Bournemouth on Tuesday.
But the minds of some Owls fans are already made up.
And one man a number of those would like to see at Hillsborough is the club’s cup-winning former captain, Nigel Pearson.
Pearson was sacked as Watford manager – some would say harshly – with two games left of last season and has spent the past four months away from the family home in Sheffield, as he recovered from various health issues.
And, speaking to the media for the first time since leaving Watford, the 57-year-old was asked by Talksport’s Jim White how he would respond to being offered a new job.
“I don’t think any offers will come along at the moment,” Pearson replied.
“In all honesty, I think you’re trying to prise an answer out of me to say, am I well enough basically, just with my health. I’ve made huge improvements over the last couple of months and I certainly wouldn’t make any decisions that I felt would compromise that, first and foremost.
“And I also think it’s not really a good time of year to be touting yourself around, to be fair. This is the time of year when people start coming under pressure. That’s certainly not my style.
“So I think I’ll just leave it by saying that, when the next opportunity comes along I will hopefully enjoy it. I’ll only take jobs that I think will be a good stimulus for me and one which I think I can get something out of.”
Pearson played more than 200 games for Sheffield Wednesday in a seven-year spell at Hillsborough, which ended in 1994.
The Nottingham-born former centre-back has since gone on to manage Carlisle United, Southampton, Hull City, Leicester City, Derby County, OH Leuven and Watford.