The search for a permanent manager continues at West Bromwich Albion.
Obviously, they’ve rewarded Jimmy Shan’s impressive start by seemingly, but unofficially, extending his temporary deal until the end of the season to give themselves some time to search for a new manager.
While there’s always a chance for Shan to pull off an Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he’ll surely have to win Premier League promotion for that. However, there’s a good chance even after that they’ll want a more experienced figure. So, the latest man to be linked with the job is the controversial Sam Allardyce after the former England manager hinted on talkSPORT he would possibly be keen, though appointing him could be a disastrous move.
Big Sam might have a respectable CV, yet his recent work has undone his good reputation, making him look like a relative dinosaur. Ever the controversial sacking as the Three Lions’ manager, he producing polarizing results back in club football. Last time out at Everton, Big Sam might’ve saved them from relegation, but made them play the worst football possible.
Were the Toffees ever really going to go down? Probably not.
In the Premier League, the Merseyside outfit were ranked 20th in total shots on goal, 19th for shots on target and 16th for passing accuracy (stats via Sky Sports). Despite having a luxurious squad, he made the fans endure some shocking, negative football during his short stay at Goodison Park.
At West Brom, where the fans now expect incisive attacking football after the awful Tony Pulis years, that isn’t acceptable.
The owners need to be assertive in not bringing in Allardyce. He’ll take them many steps back, get them playing boring, dirty football which they’ve been fighting against.
Keeping an insider in Jimmy Shan is a much better option as he’ll retain the Baggies’ values, something Big Sam will work against into ruining West Brom’s reputation.
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