Monday 14 October 2019

Jokanovic is the main contender to succeed Moore at West Brom

Slavisa Jokanovic. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA
Slavisa Jokanovic. Photo: Chris Radburn/PA Sportsdesk

West Bromwich Albion will have further talks with Slavisa Jokanovic today as they pursue a new head coach following the dismissal of Darren Moore.

Albion have made an approach for the former Fulham manager and he is understood to be the leading contender on a shortlist of four at the Hawthorns.

Jokanovic guided Fulham to the Premier League last season via the Championship play-off final before leaving the Cottagers in November.

The 50-year-old Serbian also earned promotion to the Premier League with Watford in 2015 and is a free agent, so no compensation would be required.

West Brom's board are also considering former Huddersfield manager David Wagner and Preston North End's Alex Neil as they have also earned promotion from the Championship, while former Swansea and Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal has informed Albion that he is interested in the post and is another option.

While Albion are determined to explore all possibilities, negotiations will continue with Jokanovic over the next 24 hours with a view to making him Moore's replacement.

Moore was sacked on Saturday evening after the 1-1 draw with the Championship's bottom club Ipswich Town, despite the club sitting in fourth place.

The club's former defender secured only four wins from the last 12 games and there were concerns within the boardroom that Albion may slip out of the play-off places.

There was also friction behind the scenes with Moore's assistant Graeme Jones, who clashed with sporting and technical director Luke Dowling over January signings.

Jones is also understood to have agreed to take over at Luton Town in June - a move which bewildered the Albion board.

Albion are seeking a new head coach who can revive their promotion mission, with 10 games left. If the club fails to achieve promotion this season, a significant rebuilding job is expected over the summer.

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