Next Bristol City manager: The early favourites to replace sacked Nigel Pearson - including former Chelsea, Southampton and Pompey figures

The early front-runners for the recently vacant Bristol City managers job has emerged.

Bristol City decided to part company with first-team manager Nigel Pearson on Sunday.

The 60-year-old had been at the helm for almost three-years and had navigated the club through a tricky period. His last act was to watch the Robins lose 2-0 to Cardiff City in the Severnside Derby with a heavily depleted squad.

Several first-team players have been ruled out in recent weeks with short-term to long-term injuries, and it left him having to name a youthful bench against the Bluebirds. The likes of Nahki Wells and Zak Vyner have sustained injuries in recent weeks and in both defence and midfield there’s been a reshuffle.

As a result, City’s form has suffered and they’ve lost five of their last ten matches which has seen them slump down the Championship table. Chairman Jon Lansdown cited 'recent results' as the reason to make a change and now all eyes are on what will happen next.

It has been suggested that after having Pearson in charge, the club could revert back to a younger styled manager such as when Derek McInnes and Lee Johnson were in charge. Curtis Fleming has been given the reigns on a temporary basis and technical Brian Tinnion will play in an influential role in finding Pearson’s replacement.

In the immediate aftermath of Pearson’s sacking, BetVictor have now opened up the markets on who will be the next City manager. Flick through to see who has been installed as the front-runner for the role, and who else comes into consideration.

What do you think of these names, and can you see any of them taking to the Ashton Gate hot seat? Put your opinions in to the comments as to who you would like to see take charge.

*Odds correct at the time of publication. (19:16 on 29/10/2023)