Leicester exile should avoid Forest and wait for Middlesbrough

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Whenever a new managerial vacancy opens up, Nigel Pearson is put at the top of the names linked with the job.

The former Leicester City manager was rumoured to be considered for the Newcastle United position before Rafa Benitez agreed to join the Magpies and he is now being linked with Championship clubs.

Nottingham Forest sacked Dougie Freedman on Sunday after 13 months in charge, with the club sitting 14th in the second-tier.

Clearly this wasn’t good enough for owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi, who has invested heavily in the former European champions, with the club aiming to return to the Premier League.

Bringing in Pearson would be wise in their quest to reach the top-tier of English football given his history of doing so in the past.

The 52-year-old won League One in his first season with the Foxes and managed a fifth-place finish in the following Championship campaign before missing out on promotion through the play-offs.

Under the English boss, Leicester never finished outside the top ten in the second-tier and eventually achieved promotion in the 2013/14 season by finishing top of the pile.

Bringing in Pearson would clearly be a good move for Forest, but the former Hull City boss should be patient before signing on the dotted line.

After a dramatic series of events, it looks like another job in the Championship could be opening up and this one offers a more than realistic chance of making the Premier League this season.

Aitor Karanka didn’t take Middlesbrough’s most-recent training session and was absent from their last match when they lost 2-0 to struggling Charlton Athletic.

Many are speculating that the Spanish manager is going to resign from his position and that will open up a job with a team with a great chance of making the Premier League this season.

Boro are second in the table, two points clear of third-placed Hull and have one of the best assembled squads in the league, including £9m signing Jordan Rhodes.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.