West Brom: Five Managers To Replace Pepe Mel
Now Pepe Mel has left, attention has quickly turned to who is going to be appointed as the next West Brom boss. The club secured Premier League football for another year, and there's a few decent players and talented youngsters already at the club, so it's a great position for the right manager. Here are five potential candidates for the job at the Hawthorns...
When Steve Clarke was axed back in December last year, Mackay was a name that was mentioned for the West Brom job. Now he is completely disassociated with Cardiff City and reportedly looking for a new club, his name is cropping up once more. Norwich have stated that they’re poised to announce their new manager in the coming days, and Mackay is red-hot favourite for that job, but you wonder if the Scot would reconsider his options if Albion made an offer. He’s shown good qualities as a coach in the Championship, but it’s fair to say he’s yet to really show his worth in the top-flight after being harshly treated by his former employers Cardiff. I wouldn’t be distraught if Mackay was named as the club’s new boss, but he is lagging behind in comparison to other potential candidates.
He’ll be leaving Spurs in the summer and no doubt looking for a new club, Sherwood has been linked with the Baggies job on several occasions prior to Mel’s departure. I can’t help but feel he wouldn’t fit Albion, as the chairman Jeremy Peace tends to go with the safe bet (well, most of the time anyway) and Sherwood has a tendency to be quite temperamental and candid. Also, I don’t particularly rate his tactics or managerial experience. Let’s hope this is nothing more than just paper talk…
Yes, he failed miserably at Manchester United, but Moyes has proved in the past with both Preston and Everton that he is an outstanding coach who thrives under good ownership. Give him time, and he’ll produce. At United he crumbled under the intense media pressure, but there would be considerably less at Albion. This would be an ambitious and potentially very good appointment; the Scot has a point to prove and worked wonders at Everton when given a fair few years to develop his ideas and form a ‘project’.
Just thinking about Hughton as the next Albion manager depresses me. His negative tactics, lack of ambition and general shortcomings in the transfer market would most definitely not bring the club forward. He’s a decent guy and all that, but from what I saw of him at Norwich, he’s certainly not what we’re looking for. What does worry me is that he would be a cheap option and Peace loves anything cheap, as we all know.
I was impressed by his work at Swansea and he’d be a terrific managerial appointment for West Brom. It’s probably quite unrealistic given the wages he would demand but he’s the sort of suave, sophisticated and intelligent man we need to take this club forward. He also spent wisely at Swansea – tapping into the Spanish market – and given that we need a huge overhaul of the squad this summer, his expertise in the window would be very handy indeed.
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