Wednesday 25 April 2018

Five contenders for the manager's job at West Brom

Celtic Manager Neil Lennon poses with the trophy following the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow
Celtic Manager Neil Lennon poses with the trophy following the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park, Glasgow

Chris Hughton and Malky Mackay are the early front-runners as West Brom begin the hunt for a replacement for Pepe Mel, who departed from The Hawthorns on Monday.

Here, we weigh up the pros and cons of some of the possible contenders.

1. CHRIS HUGHTON

Albion shortlisted Hughton for the job when he was manager of Birmingham in June 2012, before ultimately plumping for Steve Clarke. Hughton's problems at Norwich this season do not appear to have put off the club's hierarchy. But, given his experience at Carrow Road, the appointment of Hughton would be regarded as a risk and would probably not meet with the initial wholesale approval of Baggies fans.

2. MALKY MACKAY

Mackay led Cardiff into the Barclays Premier League and they were clear of the drop zone when he was sacked in December following one too many run-ins with controversial owner Vincent Tan. Mackay's decision to drop his legal case against the club last week could be regarded as timely. Widely seen as one of the most progressive young managers in the business, Mackay's appointment would likely be seen a positive way forward.

3. NEIL LENNON

Although Lennon has given no indication in this regard, there is a growing sense that the Celtic boss may soon seek to test his managerial skills in the Premier League. On the face of it, West Brom may appear the perfect fit for Lennon, especially in light of his long-term midlands connections with Leicester. Albion have shown an inclination to give younger managers a chance in the past and an approach for Lennon would not be a surprise.

4. TIM SHERWOOD

Sherwood is another young manager who appears to fit the West Brom mould, at least until the temporary - as it turns out - appointment of Mel. Sherwood seems almost certain to be relieved of his duties at White Hart Lane, but has shown all the signs that he is intent on continuing in management and would surely be attracted by the possibility of taking control at The Hawthorns.

5. BRIAN McDERMOTT

If the Baggies are keen on a safe pair of hands they would do much worse than look at McDermott, whose position at Leeds continues to look precarious in light of ongoing ownership upheavals. McDermott worked wonders to get Reading into the Premier League in 2012 and was rather harshly sacked in March last year. Despite his issues at Leeds he remains a highly-regarded boss who might be right for The Hawthorns.

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