West Bromwich Albion yesterday confirmed the sacking of Alan Irvine as the team’s manager following a run of 7 losses in 9 matches. With West Brom in 16th, BBC Sport understand Tony Pulis and Tim Sherwood is sought to turn the Baggies’ fortunes around.
Newport born Tony Pulis is one of the top candidates because of the fantastic jobs he did at Stoke City and Crystal Palace. The 56-year-old Welshman managed Bournemouth, Gillingham, Bristol City, Portsmouth, Stoke City and Plymouth before moving to Stoke City again. In June 2006 he returned to the Britannia Stadium to take charge of 333 games. Coming runners up in the Championship in 2007/08 they quickly established themselves as a difficult to beat, mid-table Premier League side.
Pulls left Stoke in May 2013 and became highly desired when Crystal Palace wanted a change last season. The Eagles form was relegation worthy but under Pulis 12 matches were won before the end of the campaign and Crystal Palace were saved. He left Selhurst Park in the summer because of a disagreement with the board but West Brom will no doubt seek the proven candidate.
Tim Sherwood is perhaps a riskier choice for the West Brom board, the 45-year-old only ever having managed Tottenham Hotspur. The vastly experienced midfielder as a player, Sherwood has spent a number of years honing his skills as a coach. He was given Tottenham’s caretaker role for 28 games last season winning 14 of them at a win percentage of 50%. However he was not chosen to lead the club forward for the 2014/15 season.
West Brom fans, your club needs to improve and quickly, who would be your top choice for the manager role?