Middlesbrough have sacked manager Aitor Karanka as they desperately attempt to stave off the threat of relegation.
In the circumstances, Boro could look overseas once again for a man comfortable working under that kind of regime with Huddersfield's David Wagner, who is now fighting for promotion to the top flight, having been touted as a potential candidate.
Hiddink has experience with taking over clubs on an interim basis after two spells in charge of Chelsea, but it remains to be seen if the 70-year-old would be prepared to take on a relegation battle at this stage of his career.
Karanka and Boro made a decision to part ways on the back of a string of poor results and amidst rumours of behind the scenes conflict between the Spaniard and the club hierarchy.
Pearson is keen to get back into management after leaving Derby last October and sources said he was willing to speak to Middlesbrough about the role.More news: Tillerson Tells State Department Employees Budget Cut Reflects New Priorities
The club also confirmed that assistant head coach Steve Agnew has taken over first-team affairs with immediate effect. "Following discussions, both parties have agreed that it is in the best interest of the club to make this change".
Karanka, who took charge of the club in 2013, earned promotion to England's top-tier last season following a second-placed finish in the Championship.
The club, promoted last season, thanked the Spaniard for his work over the past 31/2 years. "We wish him all the best for the future".
"I'd like to thank Middlesbrough for a wonderful opportunity and the players, staff and all the people at the club who I have worked with", said Karanka, who was due to face Mourinho's Manchester United on Sunday.
But it seems that Manchester United supporters are more devastated than anyone at Thursday morning's news - more so even than resigned Middlesbrough fans or Karanka himself.