According to The Daily Mail, Garry Monk has become the leading candidate for the West Brom job next season with James Shan only set to be in charge until the end of the current campaign.
Although the managerial debacle that faced West Brom has been put to bed for the time being, it won’t be long before it becomes the centre of everyone’s attention at the Hawthorns again.
It didn’t ever seem like the Baggies board had a proper plan in place, and as such, caretaker boss Shan was given the reins.
However, he’s done an impressive job so far, negotiating choppy waters to steady the ship, winning six out of his nine games in charge.
But Birmingham manager Monk could be about to make a controversial switch from their Midlands rivals, per The Daily Mail. He has been revealed as the leading candidate to take over permanently, regardless of whether Albion achieve promotion.
West Brom need managerial stability. In recent years they’ve had plenty of short term appointments, which never seem to end well.
Monk is a fantastic manager at Championship level but the 40-year-old doesn’t stick around for too long. He’s never been at a club for longer than a season, departing Swansea, Middlesbrough and Leeds in pretty quick time.
As a result, there’s no guarantee he stay for the long haul at Albion, particularly if they went up and were to fail in the Premier League.
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If West Brom achieve promotion then they’ll likely need someone who’s previously done well in the top-flight. Meanwhile, if they fail to go up, then Monk would only represent a short term fix.
Shan has offered stability in his short term in charge of the club so far and there isn’t too much to suggest that Monk would do a better job.
Although he was able to resolve Birmingham’s problems before a points deduction, his potential appointment would show a distinct lack of ambition from the hierarchy at the Hawthorns. They must look elsewhere.