West Bromwich Albion have been dealt an apparent blow as Roy Hodgson has turned down the chance to manage the club for a second time, according to Football Insider.
The veteran boss has just completed a four-year stint at Crystal Palace and it’s thought that he wants to spend a bit of time out of the game to rest and assess his options.
There seems to be much confusion on the club’s stance over Chris Wilder’s chances of getting the job as well, with Football Insider reporting that the Baggies ended talks with the ex-Sheffield United man.
Local reports though believe that to not be the case and Wilder is still a front-runner for the job – let’s look at three other names who should come under consideration to replace Sam Allardyce.
The links to the former Baggies midfielder have inevitably come in the last week following the stellar job he is doing managing Lincoln City.
As far as the Imps are concerned there’s been no contact between the two clubs for the 45-year-old, who took caretaker charge of one West Brom match in 2011 in the Premier League against West Ham United.
The start of Appleton’s managerial career wasn’t the most successful, but his spells at Oxford and Lincoln have been successful and in the middle of that he was also a coach at Leicester City, so he has good pedigree and he’d be a welcome addition by the fans at The Hawthorns you’d assume.
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Quite a few clubs are going down the ex-player route for their new manager despite not having the most experience for the job required – think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard at Manchester United and Chelsea respectively.
And like Appleton, McInnes is another former Baggies player that could come under consideration despite only really being successful north of the border in his native Scotland.
McInnes’ only managerial stint in England with Bristol City only yielded a 27% win ratio, but even though he departed Aberdeen this past March after nearly eight years in charge, a win percentage of 53.44% shows that he knows how to get results.
He’s definitely another one who fans could get behind and even though managing a top Championship team is a lot different to coaching in Scotland, McInnes has enough about him now to do a job.
This one may be a bit of a wildcard shout, but Wagner would probably relish the chance to return to England after a tough time of things at Schalke back in Germany.
Schalke had a shocking second half to the 2019-20 Bundesliga season under Wagner’s management and did not win any of their final 16 matches, and he was sacked after just two games of the 2020-21 campaign.
But his success on these shores with Huddersfield Town, where he led the Terriers to a first-ever promotion to the Premier League, surely means that he deserves another crack at English football and in particular the Championship.