West Bromwich Albion’s managerial saga has been a story that has dominated the headlines in the EFL over the last fortnight.
The Baggies controversially parted company with Darren Moore after their automatic promotion hopes took a major blow after defeats to Leeds and Sheffield United.
It was a decision that certainly split opinions amongst the Hawthorns faithful and the country as a whole – the Baggies had been on the end of some terrible results at completely the wrong stage of the season, but the job Moore did in his first proper managerial stint was remarkable, especially when you look at how the likes of Stoke and Swansea have adjusted to life since relegation from the Premier League.
But football clubs aren’t here to please fans, they are here to make decisions that benefit their future, regardless of how tough and ruthless those decisions may be – as the search for a new manager draws closer to an end.
Plenty of names have been linked with the vacant role at the Hawthorns, but latest reports are bound to baffle West Brom fans. News has surfaced claiming that former Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare could be in line for a short-term role with the club, with former player Michael Appleton looking likely to be his number two.
The duo worked very briefly together at the King Power Stadium before Claude Puel came into replace the sacked Shakespeare – he moved onto pastures new, whilst Appleton continued in his role with the Foxes.
If you are a West Brom fan right now, you have got to be worried. The duo are still very inexperienced as a managerial duo, and it makes you think, why was Moore even sacked if this is the route that the club are going to go down?
Slavisa Jokanovic is a name that has also been linked with the job, and he has got to be the club’s number one choice. The former Fulham boss knows what it takes to win the play-offs, he has experience of promotion from the Championship on his CV, and his style of football would suit West Brom’s attacking players to a tee.
It would be such a risk if Albion were to hire Shakespeare and Appleton over Jokanovic, and the Hawthorns faithful must surely be begging that the club go down to the usual route of experience in this case.