West Brom are not waiting around to start planning for next season after their play-off exit on Tuesday night, where they lost on penalties to Aston Villa.
James Shan and Darren Moore before him did satisfactory jobs, but neither were long-term options, according to the board.
Moving forward, West Brom will look to appoint Chris Hughton as their boss. The Telegraph reported earlier this week that talks were set to take place and that a deal was likely.
Hughton was sacked by Brighton on Monday despite keeping them in the league for a third Premier League season, with the Chairman Tony Bloom evidently favouring a more attack-minded manager.
Nevertheless, Hughton has plenty of experience and will please Baggies fans.
Here, we look at two pros and two cons to West Brom sealing an agreement for the ex-Premier League boss Hughton.
Chris Hughton knows what it takes to get a club out of the Championship, having done it before with Norwich, Newcastle and Brighton.
Most recently, his Brighton side suffered a play-off semi-final loss like West Brom after missing out on automatic promotion, but they bounced back and won promotion after a brilliant campaign.
Con: Defensive style
It may be harsh to describe Hughton’s style as defensive, as his Brighton side were exciting to watch when in the Championship.
Despite this though, one of the reasons for his critics recently have been his negative ways, putting all the players behind the ball and being content with 0-0 draws.
This may anger the Hawthorns faithful.
Pro: Could tempt big players to the Baggies
Chris Hughton is now a proven manager in this division, and this could mean he could use this to tempt big signings to the Hawthorns.
If a player had offers on the table from multiple clubs and had to decide, the Hughton factor of taking teams up may swing it in West Brom’s favour.
Con: Some players stagnate under him
A final negative of Hughton, while admitting that it is rather clutching at straws as he is a brilliant coach, is that some players have seriously stagnated under him in the past.
Big money signings at Brighton such as Alireza Jahanbaksh (the Eredivisie top scorer before they signed him), Jose Izquierdo (a Colombia international) and Jurgen Locadia (highly rated at PSV) have all struggled under Hughton at Brighton.
This could be a cause for concern for some of West Brom’s attackers.