Former Derby boss Nigel Pearson shortened in the betting to become the next Nottingham Forest market

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 19 January 2017, 11:26

No one seems to have a clue who will replace Philippe Montanier at Nottingham Forest - if they do they are lying - and that includes bookmakers, with the betting still wide open five days after the Frenchman’s departure.

Former Reds gaffer Billy Davies, RB Salzburg’s Oscar Garcia, Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom, and the out-of-work Gary Rowett are just some of the multitude of names that have been hotly linked with the Championship vacancy.

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Meanwhile, a certain Nigel Pearson had been lingering on the outskirts of the market, up until today (Thursday) at least, with the former Derby manager slithered down to 7/2 in the betting (although he is a best-priced 4/1 with Bet Victor), with only Davies a shorter price (3/1).

Pearson has been out-of-work since (officially) leaving Forest’s rivals Derby in controversial fashion back in October.

The 53-year-old was appointed in the summer, and tasked with leading the ante-post second favourites from the Championship up to the Premier League.

However, his tenure lasted only a dozen games after he was suspended then subsequently sent packing following a clash with Rams chairman Mel Morris.

Derby went on to re-appoint former boss Steve McClaren and have since mounted a push for the play-offs after storming back up the table.

In contrast, Forest sit two places and three points above the relegation zone after registering just two points from their last seven league games, while they were recently booted out of the FA Cup by Wigan.

Whether Forest fans would want a former Derby boss as their new gaffer is open to debate - although he was born in Nottingham - however, with Fawaz Al Hasawi at the helm they may not have too many other options.

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