Nigel Pearson will reportedly follow David Moyes’ lead and turn his back on the possibility of becoming Aston Villa’s new boss.
The 52-year-old has been heavily linked with the Villa Park hot seat this summer, with the relegated club looking to bring in a new boss who has experience of securing promotion from the Championship.
Pearson guided the Foxes to the second-tier title in 2014 and then helped keep them in the Premier League before being sacked almost 12 months ago for off-the-field issues.
He has been out of work since but looked set to get the nod to become Remi Garde’s permanent successor at Villa, with the remit being to emulate the job he did at the King Power Stadium.
However, Villa’s impending new owner Tony Xia appears to favour former West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo as the club’s next manager.
Former Manchester United and Everton boss Moyes decided to withdraw from the running on Monday which left two main candidates remaining in Di Matteo and Pearson.
And reports are now suggesting that Pearson is not happy about going from first choice under the previous Randy Lerner regime down to third, and so is also set to end his interest.
That will leave Di Matteo firmly in the driving seat to become the man tasked with guiding Villa back to the Premier League at the first attempt.