According to Express & Star, West Brom have held talks with manager Slaven Bilic over their vacant position.
Albion’s search for a new manager is either a case of meticulously ensuring they have the right man to bring them success or a sign that they have no clue what they actually want.
It seems more likely to be the latter given appointments in recent years, but a host of managers with varying qualities have now been named as contenders.
However, their approach has now taken another turn. Express & Star claim that Bilic met with the club’s officials on Tuesday night to discuss the role.
Per the report, he is one of the leading candidates in their search.
Bilic is yet another sign that Luke Dowling doesn’t particularly know what West Brom need.
In short, the Croatian wouldn’t be worth the wait. At West Ham he performed major surgery, bringing in ten players during his first summer transfer window in charge.
As far as rebuilds go, this is something that he may have to repeat if West Brom do appoint him. However, the additions he made in east London were extremely hit and miss.
The likes of Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet were exceptional captures but there were more inconsistent players brought in such as Alex Song and Nikica Jelavic.
Given the club are trying to cut back financially, the Baggies cannot afford to bring in someone whose track record in terms of transfers isn’t the best.
Coupled with that, Bilic’s man management also leaves much to be desired. Although an experienced tactician, the fact he allowed West Ham players to have days off after defeats shows a complete lack of discipline.
As a result, taking up the West Brom hot seat would be completely wrong for all parties.
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What the club need right now is discipline and a strong approach.
The former Croatia manager wouldn’t give them that at this stage and represents a huge gamble. Albion need someone far more ruthless who can take their players in the right direction.
Having had since March to make an appointment, bringing in the 50-year-old would be questionable.
As he has already, Dowling needs to have a rethink.