Sunday 25 August 2019

West Brom have Chris Hughton in their sights

Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Photo: PA
Former Brighton manager Chris Hughton. Photo: PA

John Percy

West Bromwich Albion will hold talks with Chris Hughton next week as they bid to persuade him to make a swift return to management.

Hughton was sacked by Brighton on Monday but will meet with West Brom officials, following the club's defeat to Aston Villa in the Championship play-off semi-final.

Albion will also consider an approach for Patrick Vieira, the former Arsenal midfielder and current Nice head coach while Slavisa Jokanovic, the former Fulham manager, could come back into contention after he was interviewed in March. But Hughton's previous record of two promotions makes him an attractive option for the West Brom board.

Hughton, 60, guided Newcastle and Brighton out of the Championship and it is understood he is keen to continue working in management after his dismissal earlier this week.

Celtic's temporary manager Neil Lennon was at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night but is not thought to be on the club's radar.

West Brom are preparing for a second season outside the Premier League and are expecting a summer of changes, with a number of players set to be sold.

Jay Rodriguez, Craig Dawson, Ahmed Hegazi, Matt Phillips, Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs could all leave, after pledging their futures to the club for an extra year last summer. Interim manager James Shan won all six matches after replacing Darren Moore in March and he has been assure of a place on the new coaching staff after impressing in his temporary role.

© Daily Telegraph, London

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