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EFL boss among preferred Slaven Bilic replacements as West Brom consider options

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West Bromwich Albion are reportedly considering Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer as a replacement for manager Slaven Bilic with the Croatian’s future uncertain after a shaky start to the 2020/21 campaign.

The Baggies were promoted from the Championship last season but have not won a single game in the Premier League this term and are third from bottom with three points from seven games.

Bilic has been openly critical about some of the decisions made by the West Brom hierarchy recently and at this point, his future appears a little uncertain.

According to a report from the Mirror, Albion are considering their options and Bowyer is among their preferred choices for a replacement for the current manager should one be needed.

The 43-year-old has shown real loyalty to Charlton and done a fantastic job under difficult circumstances.

There have been significant issues with the club and hierarchy throughout his tenure, with EFL expulsion threatened at points this summer, but Bowyer has remained loyal and helped them win promotion to the Championship in 2019.

He nearly kept them up last term, despite an EFL investigation into the club and top scorer Lyle Taylor refusing to finish the season.

The former Leeds United and Newcastle United midfielder has the Addicks competing at the top of League One again this term.

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The Verdict

Things do seem to have gone a little sour for Bilic at West Brom at the moment. Albion’s form has been poor since they returned to the top flight and he has spoken out against the club hierarchy.

Of course, the Croatian coach could still turn things around and there is a long way to go this season but his future does seem a little uncertain at the moment.

It would be a big jump up for Bowyer but fully deserved in my eyes. He had his Charlton side battling at the top of the Championship at points last term and has done a fantastic job under very, very difficult circumstances.

Losing the 43-year-old, who has been so loyal over the last few years, would be a massive blow for the Addicks.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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