West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is in the hot seat at the Hawthorns, which has the highest altitude given on FootballGroundGuide, and recently, there has been some interesting names touted to replace him should Guochuan Lai and the board pull the trigger during this international break…
Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former Premier League goalkeeper Chris Kirkland claimed that he would like to see Sam Allardyce take the reigns as an obvious replacement.
“Long-term, we’ve seen what he did at Bolton, obviously that was a long time ago but you need stability. The biggest thing with Sam is he’ll attract players you know, he’ll get players to come to him.”
The obvious bonus to having Big Sam is the fact that he has never been relegated from the top-flight and has a proven track record in saving fledgeling teams like the Baggies.
Many of said clubs have struggled since his departure – look where Bolton, Blackburn and Sunderland are now, for example.
However, the 66-year-old has been out of the game for over two years having briefly returned from retirement to manage Everton for the 2017/18 season.
In fact, his only managerial experience since then is in Soccer Aid. It’s unlikely that his coaching of Olly Murs and co will help Albion’s plight at all.
Kevin Mirallas’ comments on the veteran are hardly encouraging either, he told The Athletic:
“Martinez and Koeman wanted to play football but after, there was Allardyce. I don’t know if he even knew football because he only spent five minutes on the pitch in training. Nobody knows this, but it’s true. That’s difficult. You have to pick players at the weekend but you don’t watch training.”
If there are any serious contenders for the job, then Lee Bowyer must be considered despite his experience. He has worked and got the best out of two of the Baggies’ current crop in Karlan Grant and Conor Gallagher.
Get them two in harmony on the pitch and you’d imagine West Brom would have every chance of staying up. Although this is all in anticipation of the Croatian being sacked, which would be a cowardly mistake in itself.
Replacing him with Big Sam would undoubtedly be an even more catastrophic error.