Who will be the next West Brom manager?

Roy Hodgson is leaving West Brom to become the new England manager and it will be difficult to replace him but that is the task that their board have been set.

When looking at Hodgson’s record at West Brom it would seem that he hasn’t done a great job with him winning only 37.04% of his games in charge but it is another example of when stats don’t tell the full story. Last season he managed to keep them up quite comfortably and with a few more additions he has guided them to 10th place this year. He won’t be easy to replace and the next manager has a tough job but he made some good signings like Shane Long, who are good enough now for the Premier League and will improve even more in the coming years.

So looking at the contenders and the favourite is Chris Hughton and rightfully so in my opinion. What he has done in charge of Birmingham City this season has been sensational and they were unlucky to lose in the playoffs. In just one season, he has took charge of 62 games which just proves that he has a good pedigree in cup competitions and I’m sure the Baggies would love a good cup run. Out of the 62 games, he has only lost 15 games. He has already proved in his short managerial career that his teams do not lose a lot of games and firstly makes them difficult to beat so he has a similar style to Hodgson. He was harshly sacked as manager of Newcastle United and there he had an even better record as he only lost 14 of his 70 games in charge and was keeping them in the Premier League comfortably.

Another candidate for the job is ‘The Tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri who has been without a job since being sacked as manager of Inter Milan. This rumour interested me the most as he has had a lot of jobs since leaving Chelsea in 2004 and has on the whole struggled with him only winning one trophy and that being the UEFA Super Cup with Valencia in 2004 even though he has managed such huge clubs like Juventus, Roma and as previously mentioned Inter. But in his defence he does have decent winning percentages for each club however he wasn’t meeting their expectations and if he doesn’t do that at West Brom they will be in serious trouble of relegation. I like the idea of Ranieri coming back to England as he did a good job for Chelsea but personally I don’t see him and West Brom as a good fit.

Finally, the last name to put forward is Michael Appleton who is the current manager of Portsmouth and this is another strange one because they have just been relegated from the Championship. The reason why I think he could be a good choice is the positive response he gets from everyone, whenever asked a question, he always answers very openly and is honest with what is going on, which a lot of managers are not these days. He previously played for West Brom and was their first team coach under Roberto Di Matteo so he knows the club and some of the players so it will be easy for him to settle into the role. It is a long shot but who knows maybe he is in with a shout.

I would go for Chris Hughton as he has done a fantastic job at every club he has been and deserves another shot at the Premier League. He may not be able to push the club onto the next level but a bit of stability would be nice at a club that is known for going up and down the divisions. With Hughton in charge there would be no threat of relegation.

6 thoughts on “Who will be the next West Brom manager?

  1. I agree i think Chris Hughton does deserve another shot and although Padrew turned out to be the right man for newcastle i thought he was unfairly kicked out of Newcastle. If West Brom really wanted to shock there fans they could hire Alex McLeish allowing him to complete the trifecta

    • That would be a shock and I don’t think the fans would be very happy at all with that choice. I think McLeish’s time in the Premier League is finished

  2. I agree with the choice of Hughton, who was hard done at Newcastle. I don’t know if the Baggies could afford “The Tinkerman.” McLeish would be a sick joke, I see him managing in the SPL next season.

    • That is perfectly put, it would be a sick joke if McLeish even got an interview for the job! Ranieri might be looking for a way back to England but obviously West Brom aren’t that rich so he would have to lower his wage demands

  3. Great article – Michael Appleton actually did an excellent job with Portsmouth and without their points deduction they would have survived, despite having a tiny squad. I couldn’t see him jumping into a managerial role in the Premier League with only a season’s experience though. Chris Hughton would be the ideal man for the role in my opinion. Birmingham are in financial trouble after failing to secure promotion again and he won’t get the backing he’ll want in the transfer window there, and so might leave.

    • Yeah I think another advantage of going for Hughton is that they will get him cheaply but he may want to stay at Birmingham and have another go at promotion

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