Sam Allardyce, Gary Megson among possible candidates for West Brom job
Guiding West Bromwich Albion to just two victories in their previous 21 matches, Tony Pulis was removed as the club's manager on Monday. With the 59-year-old now out of the picture at The Hawthorns, ESPN FC West Brom blogger Matt Evans presents five candidates to take over the Baggies.
1. Gary Megson: Placed in temporary charge following the sacking of Tony Pulis, this will be the second time Megson has been in the West Brom hot seat, having guided the club to their first Premier League season during his previous spell in charge at The Hawthorns. However, he shouldn't be considered for the job this time around. His style is as outdated as Pulis', it would simply be swapping from one dinosaur to another, and more than anything, it would tarnish his legacy at a club where he's regarded as a legend.
2. Michael O'Neil: The Northern Ireland manager ticks a lot of boxes. He has worked with a trio of West Brom's senior players already, including captain Jonny Evans. His style of play is more attractive than Pulis' without being gung ho and he will be desperate to prove himself. What may go against him is his lack of success at club level and no experience of the Premier League.
3. Derek McInnes: Another man who has already graced The Hawthorns, albeit as a player rather than a coach. McInnes has been linked with the job previously but has been considered too inexperienced. He now has plenty of games under his belt and has done very well at Aberdeen, establishing them as the second best side in the league on a regular basis. He has a more adventurous style than Pulis but once again, his lack of experience could count against him as will his poor spell at Bristol City, the only time that he has managed in England.
4. Ronald Koeman: This would be arguably the most ambitious appointment that West Brom could make. Koeman looked like a broken man toward the end of his spell at Everton but this could present the perfect opportunity to immediately restore his reputation. He did a great job at a similar-sized club in Southampton and would bring the more attack-minded approach that supporters are craving after years of Pulis. He has experience of the league and would be a real statement of intent as an appointment, but he may see the job as too much of a step down.
5. Sam Allardyce: From one firefighter to another, Allardyce is a man who most Premier League clubs would turn to in a crisis. Cut from the same cloth as Pulis, Allardyce's style of play wouldn't be as bad as the Welshman's although it probably wouldn't be enough to satisfy supporters. He is an experienced campaigner in the league with a proven track record of taking clubs out of trouble. Another factor in his favour is that West Brom's chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman both worked with the former England manager during his time at Blackburn. It would be a short-term appointment but one the board may deem necessary to secure Premier League survival this term.
Matthew Evans is ESPN FC's West Brom blogger. You can follow him on Twitter @MattEvansWBA.