Luke Dowling would strike gold by bringing Bruno Labbadia to West Brom

According to Sky Sports News, West Brom are to have talks with Wolfsburg manager Bruno Labbadia over their vacant managerial position.

What’s the word?

It’s been a busy few weeks since Albion failed to achieve promotion, setting upon the task of replacing caretaker boss Jimmy Shan.

Last week Chris Hughton and Patrick Vieira were the subjects of a report suggesting they were on the Baggies’ radar, whilst Michael O’Neill and Danny Cowley have also been in the frame.

However, as the search drags on following Darren Moore’s sacking, talks with Labbadia are set to take place, per Sky Sports News.

The German is to leave the Bundesliga imminently with his current contract at Wolfsburg finishing at the end of the season.

West Brom finally in business

Albion have been showing an interest in a number of particularly uninspiring coaches, no less so than in the form of Hughton and O’Neill.

Cowley and Vieira both have elements of risk, as does Labbadia. But if the Baggies are to appoint the latter then it would be one worth taking.

Technical Director Luke Dowling has drawn up a shortlist of four and the latest name to attract their interest is someone he can strike gold with.

Labbadia has only ever managed in Germany which makes a potential deal a hazard. However, the club must do everything they can to make him a part of their rebuilding phase.

The German manager initially saved Wolfsburg from relegation in 2017/18 before taking them to a remarkable sixth place finish in the Bundesliga this term.

It’s clear the 53-year-old has a vision and that’s something West Brom need to find considering the amount of work that has to be completed over the summer.

You only need to look at the positive effect Ralph Hasenhuttl has had at Southampton to realise the benefits of employing someone of this nature. Another progressive coach, he also came from the Bundesliga and has taken to life in England with ease.

Given how Labbadia turned things around with his current side, Albion can look at that as an example of where the club could possibly be in the future.

Dowling must get his negotiations spot on.