Bristol City are in the process of making a deal to appoint Nigel Pearson as their next manager.
While nothing has been finalized, after extensive talks between the club and Pearson on Sunday, it is believed the seasoned manager is expected to sign a contract on Monday, initially putting him in charge of first-team affairs for the remainder of the season.
Former Southampton, Leicester City, Hull City and Derby County manager Pearson was sacked by Watford in July 2020 with the club three points above the Premier League relegation zone.
The Hornets then lost their last two games of the 2019-20 top-flight season and were relegated to the Championship.
Dean Holden was sacked as the city’s head coach after the Robins’ 2-0 loss to Reading, a sixth straight loss in all competitions.
Having started the season promisingly with four straight wins from their first four games, Holden’s side have moved away from the top six after losing 11 times in 15 league games since December 1.
A wave of long-term injuries among key players including Andreas Weimann, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda, Joe Williams and Nathan Baker did not help Holden’s cause, while City also faced a Covid-19 outbreak within the team earlier. in the countryside.
Assistant head coaches Paul Simpson and Keith Downing oversaw first-team affairs for City’s clash with Barnsley on Saturday as a Carlton Morris goal secured a 1-0 away victory for the Tykes at Ashton Gate, which slid them to 15th in the table.