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By Emma Sanders

Nigel Pearson, Sam Allardyce and Paul Lambert are the three leading candidates to become the next Wolves manager according to a leading BBC journalist.

Pat Murphy claims the trio are three major targets in line to become Walter Zenga’s replacement after the Italian was sacked last week.

Murphy understands that Pearson has already been interviewed for the role and could be thrust back into management just three weeks after leaving Derby.

Pearson fell out with owner Mel Morris after a run of poor form prompted him to bring in Steve McClaren for his third spell at Pride Park.

Murphy told BBC sportsday live, Lambert and Allardyce are also in contention as they are currently out of work following their sackings as Aston Villa boss and England manager.

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It would be a huge step down for Allardyce, who lasted just one game in charge as England boss before he was sacked amid revelations of misconduct.

Going from England manager to a club near the bottom of the Championship table would be some leap but Allardyce would probably be in a more familiar comfort zone.

Zenga lasted just 97 days in charge of Wolves as his side suffered seven defeats, four draws and six wins during his three months in charge.

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