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Despite the 65-year-old's history with Sheffield United, the former striker believes that his knowledge of the Championship could be vital, while also considering Stuart Pearce

By Peter Hanson

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker John Pearson believes that Neil Warnock would be a suitable candidate to replace Dave Jones at Hillsborough.

The Championship team parted company with Jones on Sunday, with the club languishing in 23rd position after taking just 11 points from 16 matches this season.

Warnock has emerged as a controversial contender to take the reins at the South Yorkshire outfit, with the 65-year-old having managed rivals Sheffield United between 1999 and 2007, guiding them to the Premier League in 2006.

While his appointment could potentially divide opinion among supporters, Pearson - who enjoyed a five-year spell as a player at Wednesday in the 1980s - feels that the former Leeds United boss's experience of the Championship could be invaluable.

"Neil Warnock is obviously someone who is well known for being a Sheffield United supporter [but] he sounds as though it's something he'd really like to give a go," he told Perform, "and, if you're looking at that sort of scenario, Neil knows this division inside out."

Former England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is another name touted as a possibility and Pearson thinks that such an appointment could work out.

"Stuart Pearce is obviously very high-profile from his time in charge of the Olympic team and the Under-21s," he added. "I think, given time, he would be somebody who could do a great job."

Jones guided Wednesday to promotion by winning 10 of the last 12 games of the club's League One promotion campaign in 2011-12 but - after narrowly avoiding relegation last season - came under fire, a 5-2 triumph over Reading their only win of the season so far.

Pearson is disappointed to see the old boss go but concedes that the time was right for change.

"You don't want to see anybody lose their job," he continued. "Everybody was willing Dave Jones to be successful but I think probably the time had come where a new face was needed.

"I think if, after 16 games, you've only won once and you're six points adrift, I think it possibly is the right decision.

"It was a tough situation for Dave Jones that he found himself in. Obviously he got us promoted a couple of seasons ago but we've struggled really since, being down the bottom end of the table."