Pearson throws hat into ring for manager's job at relegated Boro
Middlesbrough 1-2 Southampton
Former Leicester and Derby boss Nigel Pearson has said that he is interested in taking on the Middlesbrough job next season.
Caretaker Steve Agnew stepped in to manage the side midway through March after Aitor Karanka was sacked.
Agnew was unable to arrest Middlesbrough's poor run of form, though, and the side were relegated last Monday night after one season back in the top-flight.
At the weekend, Boro bade farewell to the Premier League with a defeat, and a performance that was borderline funereal and then, after that, some lively crowd acclaim for departed Karanka, the manager who engineered a season that has produced just five wins and relegation.
Patrick Bamford, a January signing Karanka may not have desired, scored his first goal for over two years and celebrated like it.
The fact that Boro were 2-0 down at the time to goals from Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond - and Shane Long had just missed a penalty-kick - was not lost on home fans who had previously mocked their team. Plenty left before the 'lap of appreciation'.
Pearson played at Middlesbrough between 1994 and 1998, and has been out of work since October after leaving the Rams.
When asked whether he'd be interested in the vacant position, the 53-year-old said: "Yeah, I would be. You have a good chance to come up if you keep the right players together, for sure.
"Out of the Premier League for seven years, they worked hard to get back there, and it's been a year that they'll reflect on maybe with some regret. It's certainly disappointing.
"Having been there myself for four years, it's a really good club."
Although Middlesbrough will be among the favourites for promotion next season, Pearson insisted the atmosphere around the club will be crucial.
"A lot depends on the mood of the players, how they react to relegation," he said.