Just as you thought West Brom’s managerial hunt was done and dusted for the time being, Garry Monk has emerged as the leading candidate this week to take the permanent vacancy next season.
That’s according to The Daily Mail, who claim that the current Birmingham manager could be set to make a controversial switch across the Midlands.
After weeks of hunting for a new manager after Darren Moore’s sacking in March, the club settled upon giving James Shan the job until the end of the season in April.
He’s had an impressive start to life in the hot seat and thankfully for the Albion hierarchy, they still have a phenomenal chance of sealing promotion at the first time of asking.
But with Monk now attracting the interest of top officials at the club, how could they line-up next season if he were to walk through the door at the Hawthorns?
The main inclusion in this side is Salomon Rondon who could return to the Baggies permanently over the summer once his loan deal with Newcastle ends.
Monk has been extremely fond of Lukas Jutkiewicz this season and seems to know how to get the best out of a robust and physical forward. Deploying a classic 4-4-2 this season, the Blues boss has been able to strike a fantastic partnership between the target man and Che Adams at Birmingham.
In this formation, Rondon would act as the physical presence of Jutkiewicz, whilst Jay Rodriguez would be the more technical Adams type.
Monk’s midfield at Birmingham has seen him select two defensive minded central players this term, which suggests he could opt to go with Jake Livermore and also hand a chance to youngster Sam Field.
Given Gareth Barry, Chris Brunt and Rekeem Harper’s contracts are all due to expire at the end of the campaign, they would not be available to the 40-year-old.
In defence, the former Leeds boss won’t have too many options, with Tosin Adarabioyo and Mason Holgate’s loans coming to an end. As a result, Allan Nyom slots in at right back whilst the ever reliable Kieran Gibbs and Ahmed Hegazi also feature.