As the overhaul continues at West Bromwich Albion, the biggest requirement is clearly that of a manager.
The underwhelming, negative football under Jimmy Shan isn’t the way to go if the Baggies wish for Premier League football to return to the Hawthorns and the club so obviously need a fresh start to reengage the fan base after so many years of stagnation.
They now need someone capable of pulling off big achievements and West Brom are targeting a manager who’s defied the odds in the past. According to reports (via Daily Star), the Baggies are pondering on making Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill their next head coach. Indeed, the 49-year-old is famous for helping the Green and White Army qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2016, seriously enhancing his reputation along the way.
Moreover, O’Neill’s become famous for encouraging an attacking style and displaying courage with his management. While there’s little doubt he’s a quality manager, questions arise on whether he’s ready to return to club management? He’s been managing the international side for 8 years and isn’t frankly used to the intensity of a whole league season.
Chris Coleman, anyone?
Clearly, O’Neill will have to change his complete routine at West Brom’s potential boss. With Championship games coming thick and fast, it could prove too overwhelming for him. While he could definitely transform the Baggies into playing free-flowing, end-to-end winning football, it’ll difficult for him to keep reshuffling his tactics to keep them at the top.
The 49-year-old’s more used to games every few months rather than a few weeks. He might be a quality manager, but perhaps West Brom should appoint an expert at managing a Championship club than someone reputed for his prowess in knockout competitions.
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