A number of West Brom supporters have been commenting on who they want to replace Sam Allardyce as manager next season following confirmation he will be leaving the Hawthorns.
Allardyce had performed a decent job in terms of improving the performances from West Brom after taking over from Slaven Bilic, but that was not enough for him to help keep the Baggies in the Premier League. The fact that he could not help them survive with his record of previously never having been relegated shows how tough a role it was when he took charge.
According to The Athletic, three managers that are already under consideration for the role are Chris Wilder, Frank Lampard and Lincoln City’s Michael Appleton. Wilder has the most experience of those three and has managed to earn promotion before with Sheffield United. While Lampard guided Derby County to the play-off final in 2018/19 and Appleton has performed very well with the Imps.
Before Allardyce’s confirmed departure, Barnsley manager Valerien Ismael was linked with a potential switch to the Hawthorns. The Sun on Sunday (18/04/21, p67) reported his name was being considered as a potential alternative should Allardyce leave.
There are also managers like Eddie Howe who are out of work, while Steve Cooper is always going to attract attention given the job he has done with Swansea City in the last two years.
Some West Brom fans were very keen on the idea of Cooper potentially taking over as manager, while there were one or two others hoping that it might by Wilder or Howe that get the job. While Ismael’s name also got a mention.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
Big changes again Tom, assessing players for months. It will be another gamble! Eddie Howe maybe, not sure about Wilder!
— Steve Deeley Music (@StephenDeeley) May 19, 2021
Steve Cooper for me if Swansea don't go up. We need a good head coach with a good attractive style of football.
— Mark Davies (@tambag94) May 19, 2021
Steve Cooper without the expectation of having to get us back up at the first attempt. Allow him to build and include young prospects from either in house or externally.
A proper project! https://t.co/fhrbr2np4I
— WBA Rainbow Stand 🅙 (@TheRainbowStand) May 20, 2021
If they don't go up, am I right in thinking that is 2 seasons he's been there? He might feel done all he can & fancy a change. Considering the names linked, he'd be the standout for me.
— Adam (@A_Kemo26) May 20, 2021
Valérian Ismaël of Barnsley for me. Has done a fantastic job on a minimal budget, producing an effective high pressing team which also plays decent football. Either him or, if Barnsley go up, Steve Cooper.
— Chris Mathews (@mister_em79) May 20, 2021
I’d try and get someone that is invested in trying to make us a force in the premier league!! AVB maybe someone that has a big pedigree and has a successful trophy and title winning CV long shot i know as we are not attractive right now but the foundations are good
— Mike Robertson (@Baggieboy75Mike) May 20, 2021
Happy he has gone. Not really bothered about who is next just want the club to have a plan and stick to it. Don’t sack the manager just because results are going bad give him time and help him evolve the club. Like Burnley did
— Paul Davies (@paul_daviesp05) May 19, 2021
I think returning first time around is now less likely without Allardyce he would have had the continuity of the group. Having looked at the odds for the next manager I’m surprised Alex Neil isn’t on the list.
— Andy Warner (@warnerchief) May 20, 2021