West Bromwich Albion’s New First Team Manager?

West Bromwich Albion face a tough decision on who to appoint as their new First Team manager, but who are the best-placed candidates?

West Bromwich Albion is on the lookout for a new manager after the dismissal of Tony Pulis. A run of just two wins in 21 games left the board with no choice. “Pulis had done great for us in terms of stabilizing the club and attempting to establish as a constant Premier League team which is what we are now, however, his style of play and his hindrance to not adapt to the new players was part of his downfall”, explains Jordan Muckley, of Proud Baggies, a local West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club.

Former Albion manager Gary Megson has been named as Caretaker Manager until a permanent appointment is made. “Megson is a WBA legend. He gave us our first taste of Premier League football in 2002 and he’ll always be remembered for that. However, he’s notoriously stubborn, just like Pulis, to his defensive ways so I’m not sure the club did the right thing in keeping him as well”, Mr. Muckley argues. Megson began his second tenure at the club with a 1-1 draw away to Spurs, which is a very credible result, and West Brom fans will be hoping that the club can push on from here.

“I still expect us to be somewhere in mid-table whoever takes over. I don’t think that we will actually be in a relegation battle near the end of the season, but should be a reasonable number of points ahead of the real strugglers”, says Adam Cotton, head of the West Bromwich Albion Thailand supporters club. “The main objection I had with Pulis was that he set the team up defensively even against the poorest of teams that we could have beaten easily if we had actually tried to win rather than hold onto the one point we had at 0-0.”

With Megson not interested in the permanent job, we at iCov have picked five of the many candidates for the West Brom hot seat and will examine their credentials and chances of getting the job. We also have opinions from Jordan Muckley and Adam Cotton on the potential managers.

Sam Allardyce (8/1

“Big Sam” hasn’t really been the same since the England job. His brief tenure with the national team ended in controversy, and the Englishman has since been trying to build his reputation back in the English game. He has been out of work since leaving Crystal Palace at the end of last season. He recently stated a preference for International management, but his brief interest in the Everton job suggest that he can be tempted back into the club game.

AC: NOOOOOOOOO

JM: “Nope”

 

Ronald Koeman (20/1)

Koeman is a student of Barcelona and Ajax and has won trophies as a manager in both Spain and Holland. He is the highest profile candidate, after finishing 7th, 6th and 7th with Southampton and Everton in the last three seasons. He was, however, undone at Everton after a Summer transfer window of poor recruitment at a high price, which will no doubt be a potential problem for West Brom’s owners.

AC: Out of his depth at Everton, so why should it be any different at Albion?

JM: He’s my pick. Very experienced and a very good manager. I think he’s was dealt a bad hand at Everton and could easily emulate his success at Southampton here.

 

Chris Wilder (25/1)

Chris Wilder has recently attracted attention from the Premier League after steering newly promoted Sheffield United to third in the Championship. Whilst inexperienced in the Premier League, the success of managers such as Eddie Howe, Marco Silva, and David Wagner could persuade The Baggies to go down the inexperienced route.

AC: He might be a good manager at the lower level, but has absolutely no Premier League experience, and would be a gamble which I expect the board would not want to take.”

JM: Great young manager doing really well at Sheffield United but he wouldn’t want to leave them halfway through a promotion push in the Championship.”

 

Alan Pardew (1/5)

Whilst Alan Pardew has been out of work since late 2016, he has a reputation across the league as a manager who can come into a new club and provide an instant boost, as evidenced at Crystal Palace, where he reached the 2016 FA Cup final. However, West Brom will want to tread carefully, with fans of his old clubs warning of a sharp decline after the initial high.

AC: He would do a good job in stabilising the club for a few months, maybe a season or two, but after that, he would lose the plot as he always has at previous clubs. At best he would be a good temporary head coach”

JM: Another tried and failed British manager. There’s often a clamour for young British coach’s and it’s bemoaned when clubs don’t give them a go, but if it’s just failed British managers that keep getting banded about then where are the opportunities? “

 

Ryan Giggs (25/1)

The wildcard in the pack, Ryan Giggs has had his heart set on a Premier League manager job since leaving his post as Assistant to Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United in 2016. Many people’s choice to one day take over at Old Trafford and recreate Sir Alex Ferguson’s legacy, no one has taken the risk on him as of yet, with Swansea notably overlooking him recently. It would be a huge risk to hire a manager with no managerial experience, but could many people gain the West Brom squad’s respect quicker than English football’s most decorated player?

AC: No thanks, absolutely no experience of being head-coach, totally untested and a non-starter in my opinion. Before he is appointed to a job like this he needs much more experience as the number one, or at a minimum several years’ as an assistant.”

JM: “I’ve no idea why he keeps getting linked to manager’s jobs? “

 

           Vikash Patel

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