In just ten days Roy Hodgson will depart The Hawthorns and take the reins of the England national team, after agreeing to see out the end of the season with the club he has served so respectably for the past fifteen months. After steering West Brom to two comfortable mid table spots in two seasons he is poised to take his dream job.
With Hodgson seeing out the season it means West Brom really don’t need to rush an appointment as they will have a portion of the season break to make a decision after seeing how every teams season ends. Now West Brom can be considered a mid-table premiership club they can start their search with higher profile managers. Currently two names in the frame are Alan Curbishley who was most recently linked to the post at Wolverhampton Wanderers which he duly turned down and Ex-Newcastle United and current Birmingham City boss Chris Hughton.
Curbishley is currently out of the football loop having left his last post at West Ham United almost four years ago in September 2008. Since leaving of his own devices Curbishley has consistently been linked to high profile jobs in the premiership. Alan Curbishle really came to prominence after his success with Charlton Athletic and is still regarded as one of the best English managers around the game.
Although Chris Hughton hasn’t ruled himself out of applying for the West Brom job he has claimed he is fully focussed on the play-offs with Birmingham. After moving from assistant manager to manager at Newcastle United Hughton has enjoyed a rapidly growing reputation and has proved his abilities yet again after guiding Birmingham into the Championship play-offs.
A number of names will surely be thrown around in the coming weeks but don’t be surprised if the likes of Steve Bruce, Alex McLeish and as my personal rank outsider, Gus Poyet are considered for the role.