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2 pros and 2 cons to West Brom finalising agreement for Preston North End man



West Brom have reportedly registered their interest in making Preston North End boss, Alex Neil their new manager according to Sky Sports. 

The Baggies are searching for a new boss after the shock dismissal of Darren Moore after they were held by relegation-threatened, Ipswich Town at the weekend.

The result saw West Brom lose ground on their promotion rivals heading into a crucial period of this year’s league campaign and supporters will be hoping Moore’s successor will be appointed as quickly as possible.

Slavisa Jokanovic was the favourite to land the job at The Hawthorns, but Neil’s name has also emerged, so it will be an interesting few weeks for the former Premier League club.

Jokanovic is likely to be the name that supporters want to take charge, but Neil will certainly fancy his chances of taking over at West Brom in the near future.

We look at the pros and cons if West Brom were to appoint Neil as their new boss.

Pro: He knows the Championship well

Neil has managed both Norwich and Preston in the Championship and has enjoyed success at both clubs in the early stages of his managerial career.

He knows how to get out of the Championship as well, as he guided Norwich to a play-off final win over Middlesbrough back in the 2015/2016 season.

Pro: He's worth the gamble

He isn’t the most obvious of choices and that could certainly play into his hands if he was to take charge at The Hawthorns.

Sometimes, you have to take a gamble, especially at this stage of the season.

He’s surely worth a punt isn’t he?

Con: Can he be trusted with a budget?

Since Neil has been in charge of Preston, he hasn’t been handed a significantly large transfer budget and there will be doubts as to whether he can be trusted with that at West Brom.

The Baggies need signings in the summer and Neil might not be the man to spend funds available to him wisely.

Con: West Brom need a fiery manager

Neil doesn’t come across as the most fiery of managers and West Brom need a manager that is going to rile his players up.

They’re dropping vital points at a crucial stage of the season and these players need a manager who is going to rip into them when needed.

Neil doesn’t strike me as the sort of manager that would do that when needed.


Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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