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‘Wouldn’t want it ruining him’ – West Brom eye EFL boss as Slaven Bilic replacement: The verdict

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This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…

West Bromwich Albion have reportedly identified Charlton Athletic Lee Bowyer as a potential replacement for Slaven Bilic should the current manager leave the club. 

After a poor start to life in the Premier League and some frustrated comments about the club hierarchy, Bilic’s future looks somewhat uncertain.

According to the Mirror, Albion are considering their options and have identified Bowyer as among their top choices as a replacement.

So, would that be a good move for the Baggies? And is he ready for the Premier League?

We asked our FLW writers for their thoughts…

Alfie Burns

I’m really not convinced that he’s Premier League ready, but when are you really ‘Premier League ready’ as a young English manager?

Bowyer has done a fine job with Charlton over the course of his time at the Valley and the way he’s dealt with problem after problem needs to be applauded.

If he walked into West Brom, he’d probably find himself in a tough role, with the Baggies facing a relegation battle and I’m not 100% sold that Bowyer is the man to pull them clear of that.

Having said that, I’d like to see him get the chance because he’s been so good for Charlton. You just wouldn’t want it ruining him.

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George Dagless

I’d be a little surprised actually.

I think he’s a fantastic manager and the work he has done at Charlton despite the off-field shenanigans deserves real acclaim – he’s showing now what he can do with a settled team once more as they push for promotion.

Certainly, I think he’s destined to manage at a higher level in his career, without doubt, I just wonder if this move is a little early for him.

West Brom could perhaps do with getting in a manager that is versed in Premier League dugouts if Slaven Bilic does end up moving on, though I personally would hope that the Baggies do manage to keep the Croatian because I think he could still turn it around.

Bowyer would relish the challenge and get stuck in, I just think he has unfinished business and Charlton and is settled and focused on that right now, especially now boardroom matters are solved.

Sam Rourke

The jump from League One to the Premier League is sizeable, and West Brom find themselves in a perilous predicament in my eyes.

The Baggies look devoid of enough quality to maintain their status as a Premier League side and Bowyer would undoubtedly be up against it from the off.

However, Bowyer has had to deal with challenging circumstances during his time at Charlton and has been able to navigate through them impressively, so he certainly has the qualities to succeed in difficult situations judging bu his stint in south London.

For West Brom, it would certainly be a gamble but Bowyer has shown he relishes a challenge and has the attributes to thrive.


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

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