Michael Appleton’s decision to turn down West Brom proves there is something wrong at the club at the moment, claims former Baggies midfielder Carlton Palmer.
Valerien Ismael was named West Brom manager on Thursday after leaving Barnsley, replacing Sam Allardyce in The Hawthorns dugout.
However, prior, it was reported by Sky Sports journalist Rob Dorsett that Appleton had informed the Midlands club that he was not interested in becoming their new boss, instead preferring to see his project at Lincoln City through.
For Palmer, given that the Imps are in League One, there must be a serious issue at West Brom for Appleton to reject them.
“There’s something not right, why so many managers were turning down the job,” the ex-England international exclusively told FFC.
“I mean, you look at Appleton. Why would he, no disrespect to Lincoln, but why would he turn down the West Brom job? It’s a massive job, right? So something’s not right.”
West Brom’s search for Allardyce’s successor was far from a simple one, complicated by snubs from the likes of Appleton and David Wagner.
In that time, sporting director Luke Dowling also left the club, so it has all been a bit chaotic. The Baggies have finally got their man, though, so can now start preparing properly for the new season.