There have been plenty of names linked with the West Brom manager’s job since the sacking of Darren Moore at the start of March, and the latest name that is said to have appeared on The Hawthorns shortlist will have certainly raised a few eyebrows across the Midlands.
According to reports in the Mail, the latest name to be considered for the full time manager’s job with West Brom is Garry Monk, the man currently in charge of the Baggies’ Midlands rivals Birmingham City.
Monk has done an impressive job with The Blues, keeping them in the division in back-to-back seasons since his arrival at St Andrew’s just over a year ago. Indeed, Monk even had The Blues in contention for a play-off spot prior to that much discussed points deduction earlier in the current campaign.
But what could Monk do for West Brom?
Here, we look at three things the 40-year-old could potentially bring to The Hawthorns…
An understanding of player’s mindset
At just 40, Monk is still a relatively fresh into the management game, and that could be a good thing when it comes to establishing a connection with his potential new side.
When Monk took his first job at Swansea back in 2014, he had come straight out of the Swans playing squad to take up the role. That means that right from the start of his managerial career, Monk has been able to look at situations with the view to what a player, as well as a manager, is likely to want from a scenario.
That is something that could down very well in any squad he takes over.
A steady hand
This has been far from a stable period for West Brom, with relegation, the sacking of Moore and the continued speculation around his replacement all dominating the focus on the club in the past year or so.
In Monk, who has had to deal with that same sort of attention to keep Birmingham in the division following the uncertainty of that aforementioned points deduction, they would be getting someone who is capable of turning attention back towards matters on the pitch, and getting results while doing so.
Determination to succeed in the top flight
Though he is already in his on the fifth season and fourth club of his managerial career, Monk has only once been in charge at a Premier League club, during his time at Swansea.
Since then he has spent plenty of time in the Championship, and may be keen now to step back up to the top flight to prove himself there once more.
By the time Monk could make his move to The Hawthorns, West Brom may have already secured a return to the Premier League via the play-offs. If they haven’t, you can be sure Monk will be determined to be the man takes them there.