The West Bromwich Albion managerial chase looks to have taken another twist with the news that the Baggies are considering a move to appoint Javier Pereira as Sam Allardyce’s successor at The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by TEAMtalk, who claim that the West Brom chief executive, Xu Ke, has turned his attention to China in the club’s managerial search, and has identified the Henan Jianye FC boss as a potential candidate for the role at the Championship side.
It is then reported that Sheffield United held talks with the Spaniard prior to their appointment of Slavisa Jokanovic earlier this summer, while Fulham are also considering a move for the 55-year-old as Scott Parker’s potential replacement, as he is expected to leave Craven Cottage in the coming days.
Having left his role as Fulham’s assistant head of football operations in favour of a move to manage the Chinese Super League side back in September of last year, it is claimed that Pereira worked something of a miracle at Henan Jianye last season, having avoided relegation from the top flight of Chinese football despite his team appearing destined for the drop.
However, things have not started overly well for the Spaniard this season, with his side picking up just two points from the first four fixtures of the 2021 campaign, with Henan Jianye currently sitting bottom of the Group A table.
Furthermore, while Pereira does have experience of English football behind him, having been Jokanovic’s assistant manager during the Serbian’s spells at both Watford and Fulham, the 55-year-old has never managed in the English Football League, meaning his appointment would be something of a gamble – particularly as the Baggies are hoping for an immediate return to the Premier League next season.
And, with a manager who has a bonafide track record of achieving promotion from the Championship currently available in the shape of Chris Wilder, Guochuan Lai’s potential appointment of Pereira would seem to be an unnecessary risk, as well as being yet another decision made by the owner that could well leave fans of West Brom furious.
Passing on Wilder to bring in a man with no history of managing in England does not seem like the type of thing that would go down well with the West Brom faithful, and they’d have every right to feel angry at their club’s owner if that’s the decision he chooses to make.