It looks as if West Bromwich Albion will have to head back to the drawing board in the search for Darren Moore’s replacement.
The former Baggies boss was sacked on March 9th with James Shan assuming the caretaker role.
It seems as if the 40-year-old will see out the campaign at the helm of Championship side while a new man is hunted down.
Alex Neil had been a leading contender for the role, but he told Preston’s official Twitter account he has ‘no intention of going anywhere’ when speaking at a fans’ forum earlier in the week.
With the Baggies still on the hunt for a new boss, here are THREE Neil alternatives West Brom need to focus on following the North End manager’s update.
The former Fulham boss knows how to get out of the Championship having done so on two previous occasions.
If West Brom want someone with the know-how to do just that, then the former Watford and Fulham boss is their man.
There were reports of talks between the club and free agent manager, but nothing has come of it.
He has the know-how of the Championship and could be the man to take the Baggies forward.
Playing an attractive brand of football, David Wagner took relegation favourites Huddersfield to the top flight – and kept them there.
He has since been sacked and is without a club.
Wagner’s footballing philosophy could work wonders at the Hawthorns having worked on a shoestring budget with the Terriers before their promotion.
He has all the attributes the fans would like, too – it could be a universally popular appointment.
If Neil does indeed stay with Preston, then there is no harm in considering Shan for the job full-time.
He has won three out of three so far and got West Brom’s promotion race back on track.
He would need an experienced number two to come in and help him, but it is a real possibility that he keeps the job he is currently looking after.
Sometimes the most obscure appointments work the best – and this could be the perfect example.