Former Derby County boss Nigel Pearson is one of the front runners for the managerial vacancy at Premier League club Middlesbrough according to the latest odds from English Football League sponsors Sky Bet.

Boro sacked former boss Aitor Karanka on Thursday following a poor run of results with the Teessiders cemented in the relegation zone.

The club are now expected to make a swift appointment to give Boro the best chance of escaping the drop and 53-year-old former Derby County boss Pearson is currently the second favourite for the job behind current caretaker manager Steve Agnew.

Pearson has been out of work since leaving Pride Park in October following a disagreement with Derby County owner Mel Morris. The former defender made 115 appearances for Boro as a player and scored five goals for the club and Pearson may be a popular choice for the manager’s job at the Riverside Stadium after previously steering former club Leicester City to Premier League survival against all odds in 2014/2015.

Prior to his disastrous spell at Derby County, Pearson won over 46% of his combined matches in charge of Leicester City (two spells) and Hull City and his experience of managing in both the Premier League and Sky Bet Championship could be of real interest to managerless Boro.

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