By Amir Mir

Stan Collymore has stated he would “gladly drive” Nigel Pearson to Villa Park to replace current boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Derby County confirmed on Tuesday night on their official website, prior to their 2-0 victory at Cardiff that manager Pearson has been suspended by the club.

Broadcaster Collymore has now backed the suspended Rams coach to provide the spark Aston Villa require for a promotion push this season, if he is given the boot by his current club.

Di Matteo has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks, with reports suggesting, the Italian could face the axe, if he fails to pick up a win against Preston on Saturday afternoon.

Former Villa striker Collymore believes Pearson’s “channelled aggression” would suit the Midlands club.

“I’ll gladly drive round to Nigel Pearson’s house this minute, pick him up and deliver him from East to West Midlands. Specifically, to the B6 postcode in which Villa Park sits,” Collymore wrote in his Mirror column.

“He doesn’t care much for all the extra stuff you get these days, but his ideas and the channelled aggression he brings would suit Villa down to the ground.”

Villa have started the season in disappointing fashion with only ten points from their opening ten games, as they sit 17th in the table, despite spending £50 million on transfers during the summer.

Their Midland rivals Derby have registered nine points, with two wins, three draws and five losses to their name.

Both clubs have scored 15 goals between them this term. In contrast newly-promoted Barnsley, who sit in tenth with 16 points have scored 20 league goals.

The Rams travel to Reading on Saturday afternoon, after beating Cardiff during midweek, while Villa travel to Preston after their 1-1 draw against Barnsley, who scored a 90th minute equaliser.

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