Sunderland contact former Leicester City manager

Free, Nigel Pearson

Free, Nigel Pearson

Sunderland have reportedly approached former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson to become their new manager following the exit of Dick Advocaat.

Pearson led the Foxes to Premier League safety last season, overseeing a remarkable run of form which saw them survive the drop but he was dismissed by Leicester City after a collapse in his relationship with the club’s Thai owners, with the dismissal of his son James understood to be a pivotal factor.

The 52-year old gaffer who is understood to be keen to return to management has been contacted by Black Cats’ sporting director Lee Congerton, according to The Telegraph.

Other contenders for the Sunderland job, including Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, Burnley chief Sean Dyche and former West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce have reportedly turned down the chance to take charge of the Premier League strugglers.

Although he is not the only candidate to replace Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light, Pearson is thought to be the front runner for the post.

Congerton is carrying out Sunderland’s search for a new manager despite handing in his notice at the weekend but it is believed that the club will not rush into an appointment.

A new manager is expected to be in place before Sunderland travel to West Bromwich Albion on 17 October.