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Wednesday 29 January 2020

The contenders to replace Alan Pardew at West Brom

The Baggies have lost eight games in a row.

Alan Pardew is feeling the heat at West Brom
Alan Pardew is feeling the heat at West Brom

By Press Association Sport Staff

Alan Pardew has left West Brom by mutual consent with six games of the season left.

The Baggies are near-certainties to go down after Pardew failed to inspire a turnaround in their form after replacing Tony Pulis.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some possible replacements.

Gary Megson

Gary Megson took temporary charge earlier this season

The former Baggies boss oversaw draws against Tottenham and Newcastle when he stepped in on a temporary basis prior to Pardew’s appointment. Those two games in charge reinvigorated his reputation after almost six years out of management and Megson admitted at the time that the experience had “whetted the appetite” for football again. The 58-year-old twice won promotion to the Premier League with West Brom when he was manager between 2000 and 2004.

Darren Moore

Darren Moore is in temporary charge

The man asked to step in to mind the shop in the wake of Pardew’s exit, could Moore be the long-term solution? Made over 100 appearances for the club during his career as a centre-half and has been working on the coaching staff, promoted to working with the first team by Pardew after his appointment.

Nigel Pearson

Could Nigel Pearson return to England?

Pearson performed a miracle to keep Leicester in the Premier League during the 2014/15 campaign, winning seven of the last nine matches after the Foxes had managed just four Premier League wins all season prior to that run starting in April. That is exactly the kind of impact West Brom are in need of. The 54-year-old is another to have managed Albion on an interim basis, having won three and drawn one of his games in charge after Bryan Robson was sacked in 2006. Pearson is currently seemingly happy in the relative footballing backwater of the Belgian second tier with OH Leuven.

Graham Potter

Graham Potter has made a name for himself

The most successful English manager in European club competition this season, Potter has worked wonders with Swedish minnows Ostersund – and happens to have played for West Brom between 1977 and 2000. Potter would be a brave and left-field choice but the 42-year-old’s record in Sweden stands up against some of the very best in the business. He has come to prominence this season by getting Ostersund out of a Europa League group which included Athletic Bilbao and Hertha Berlin and also masterminded a 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates in the knock-out stages of that competition.

Marco Silva

Marco Silva

With the Baggies headed for the Championship, Silva would need some considerable persuasion to drop down to the second tier. However, after a questionable spell at Watford, his stock is not as high as it once was. Would be a statement of intent for West Brom, but it would seem unlikely.

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