West Bromwich Albion have added Swansea City boss Russell Martin to their shortlist for the vacant managerial role at the Hawthorns, according to The Athletic (via Football League World).
The Lowdown: Martin’s career
Upon his retirement as a player at MK Dons in November 2019, the 36-year-old took on the job as the club’s new manager. The Scotsman took charge of 80 games there, during which time the side averaged 1.38 points per match in League One.
Having been promoted the season prior under manager Paul Tisdale, Martin led the Dons to an 18th place finish in their first season back in the English third division.
The following season, his side climbed up to 13th in the League One table, earning the manager a move to Swansea in August 2021.
The Latest: West Brom interest
Since chief executive Ron Gourlay decided to terminate Bruce’s contract, the club have been hard at work looking for the perfect successor.
Heading the list is Martin, alongside former Huddersfield Town boss Carlos Corberan.
It also remains to be seen just how much the South-Wales side will seek in compensation if discussions with their manager reach an advanced stage.
The Verdict: Great appointment?
Categorically the bigger team, the Baggies job will appeal to those looking to get the Midlands club back on track – fighting for a place in the Premier League.
Russell Martin as the new West Brom manager?
Having been hailed as a ‘future Premier League manager’ by former professional player Jamie Mackie, it is clear Martin has the quality needed to succeed in the second tier, so the step up to the Hawthorns could come at the perfect time.
Whilst at MK Dons, only Manchester City and Barcelona had a higher possession percentage in Europe, illustrating the 36-year-old’s progressive style of play. Therefore, his appointment will depend on a drastic change being made by the board, as they are renowned for their defensive managerial preferences.
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