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High-profile ex-PL player emerges as contender to take over at West Brom

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West Brom will consider a move for Nice head coach Patrick Vieira as they look to appoint a new manager this summer.

The Baggies fell to defeat in the Championship play-off semi-final last night on penalties to local rivals Aston Villa, which means the focus is now on finding a new boss.

Jimmy Shan had been named as a caretaker until the end of the season after Darren Moore was surprisingly sacked in March but he will revert to his role as a coach from next season.

And, the Telegraph have revealed that Arsenal legend Vieira is someone that will be under consideration, with Chris Hughton and Slavisa Jokanovic other names in the frame.

The Frenchman is currently in charge of Ligue 1 outfit Nice, who are seventh in the top-flight with two games of the season to play. That has been a successful season for the club after Vieira had to deal with several key players leaving in the summer.

Prior to that, the 42-year-old had two years in charge of MLS side New York City FC.

The Verdict

This would be a bold move from West Brom given Viera’s lack of experience in England as a manager but he is clearly talented.

However, the obvious question is whether he would be prepared to swap top-flight football in France for the Championship just a year into his current job.

It seems ambitious but if the Baggies hierarchy could pull it off, Vieira would be a coup for the club and the league.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.

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