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New Manager for West Brom

Hoddle agrees terms with West Brom
tribalfootball.com - November 2, 2004

Glenn Hoddle is set to be unveiled as new manager at West Bromwich Albion.

The Sun says Hoddle's first game in charge of the struggling Baggies will be at former club Southampton. Hoddle has already agreed a Ł1million-a-year deal with Albion chairman Jeremy Peace.

And the former England chief will make his comeback at a hostile St Mary's on Saturday.

Hoddle has suffered a series of rejections since being given the boot by Spurs 13 months ago. He even attempted to take up his old post at Saints until fan power killed the deal.

Hoddle was also interviewed for the France job and shortlisted to succeed Bobby Robson at Newcastle.




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Would you honestly want him and his Eileen Drury?

In all seriousness, I think he's a good tactician. I actually most enjoyed watching the England NT when he was in charge but his man management skills have off course things to be asked about. As a Spurs legend, I hope he does well if he does indeed get appointed.


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At this present time there has been no announcement by the Club.

But it has been widely reported by me as well that Hoddle would get the job.
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Albion finalising shortlist
West Bromwich Albion, Tuesday November 02 2004
West Brom are finalising a shortlist of candidates to replace Gary
Megson as manager.

However, reports that former England, Southampton and Tottenham boss
Glenn Hoddle has been offered the job are premature.

Reports are suggesting that Hoddle has been offered the job of
replacing Megson, who parted company with the Baggies after four-and- a-half years last Tuesday.

But chairman Jeremy Peace and the Albion board of directors have
still to make a decision on who should step into the Hawthorns hot- seat.

A club statement read: "The board are in the process of forming a
shortlist of candidates for the vacant job of team manager and this
will be finalised shortly.

"Following interviews with these candidates, an appointment will be
made and there will be no further comment from the club until that
time.

"It is important that the right individual, with the right desire and
motivation is appointed to continue the long term building process at
this football club."

Hoddle has emerged as the clear favourite since Megson left his job
only hours after announcing he would not be staying at West Brom when
his contract expired next summer.

Gordon Strachan and Gerard Houllier are the other contenders who have
been linked with the Midlands club, who are battling to stay in the
Barclays Premiership.

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Info about Hoddle taken from the Baggies chat list.

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Swindon: Took them from being in danger of regelation to Div 3 to the highest level they've ever achieved in their existence.

Chelsea: Reached the FA Cup Final and European Cup Winners Cup Semi-Final (their best European performance since 1971). No great shakes in the league though.

England: Currently has the 3rd best ever manager's record (see http://www.englandfootballonline.com...MgrPtsAll.html). Finished top of the World Cup qualifying group despite Italy being in that group as well.

Southampton: Saved them from relegation and took them to 8th the following season before leaving for Spurs.

Spurs: Didn't achieve anything there, but I've seen one Spurs fan on the WBAUnofficial board today saying that the presence of David Pleat as Director of Football was a factor in that as well. Lots of pressure on him at Spurs as a prodigal son returning of course.

Gorman: Very well respected coach as we know from experience and should come on board as well if Hoddle does.

I can't see anyone with as good a track record qas him in the running (with Sir Bobby having apparently been ruled out), so Hoddle will do for me. In fact, I'd regard it as being quite an achievement to get someone of his standing to the club.

Let's be realistic, it's not like we should be expecting someone to come in and have us challenging for a place in the Champions League next season is it? He turned Southampton around whilst he was there (from which Strachan benefitted) and there's no reason why he can't do the same for us.

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I hear that due to the unpleasantries between Hoddle and Soton he will not take charge until after the game on Saturday at Southampton.

Burrows will pick the team for the Saints.

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EXCLUSIVE

Baggies in Hodd hitch
By ANDREW DILLON


GLENN HODDLE'S proposed move to West Brom has hit a last-minute hitch
because of a contract row.

A bust-up with Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace is threatening to derail the
deal just days before his appointment is due to be announced.

Hodd had verbally agreed a Ł1million-a-year package with Peace earlier this
week and was expecting to be unveiled as Gary Megson's successor on Monday.

But it is understood West Brom supremo Peace is now prepared to give the
former England manager only a guaranteed contract until the end of the
season.

His future employment prospects would then depend on whether West Brom beat
off the threat of relegation this season to secure another Ł15m payout for
staying in the Premiership.

Hoddle is refusing to accept the new terms and insiders at The Hawthorns
reckon the deal hangs in the balance while both parties try to work out a
compromise.

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Gorman would consider Albion move


John Gorman has admitted he would "consider" moving to West Brom if Glenn
Hoddle was appointed manager at The Hawthorns.

Gorman, currently assistant to Gillingham boss Andy Hessenthaler, worked as
number two to Hoddle at Swindon and England.

He also had a brief spell in caretaker charge of the Baggies after Brian
Little was sacked by the club.

"We have a wonderful partnership and we like working together," said Gorman.

"I'm really enjoying it at Gillingham but I would have to consider it."



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I hope Gorman does come as its well known he builds great rapport with the players and is renown as a great coach.

But I imagine its unlikely he will come unless Hoddle is here, which is looking unlikely now.

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Albion rule out Hoddle






ALBION tonight (Saturday) announced Glenn Hoddle will not be appointed as
their new manager.

Chairman Jeremy Peace said: "Glenn has not been offered the job and it will
not be offered to him.


"I had a preliminary talk with Glenn earlier this week prior to drawing up a
shortlist.


"But because of the incessant speculation linking Glenn with the job I think
it is important to stress that we have decided he is no longer a contender.


"No further statement will be made by the club until the new appointment is
announced."

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With Hoddle out of picture, the talk is now of Bryan Robson.
I haven't heard that Gordon Strachan doesn't want it so maybe he'll be interviewed.

I think The bonus thing with Robson is that he would be a known name that would attract players to the club.

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From the People today ...

GLENN HODDLE was last night ruled out of an imminent return to the
Premiership ... but claimed it was HIM who snubbed West Brom.

Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace made a shock announcement, saying: "We have
decided Glenn Hoddle is no longer a contender."

And the information coming out of The Hawthorns suggested that the former
England boss had not impressed during an interview.

But Hoddle countered: "I had only preliminary negotiations with West Brom
but after three or four days I could see that we were not really right for
each other.

"We did not discuss finances or staff so reports to the contrary are well
wide of the mark.

"As far as I know Albion are planning to announce their new manager on
Monday but I had made up my mind very quickly that this one was not for me."

And The SP has learned that it was West Brom who made the first approach to
Hoddle ... while Gary Megson was still in the job.

Initially, say people close to Hoddle, they wanted the ex-Spurs manager to
see the club through to the end of the season. But they then decided they
wanted a long-term successor to Megson.

That, we understand, was the main stumbling block. And the upshot is the way
could now be clear for Bryan Robson to make a return to Premiership
management.

I understand the West Brom board will interview one more candidate today
before making a decision. Gordon Strachan is another name under
consideration.

But Robson - who started his illustrious career at the Hawthorns - is now in
the box seat.

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Robson favourite to takeover at West Brom
tribalfootball.com - November 8, 2004

Bryan Robson is favourite to takeover the manager's job at West Brom.

Robbo, 47, has jumped to the top of West Brom's shopping list for a new boss after their decision to end any interest in Glenn Hoddle.

And the former England and Manchester United legend should be installed as manager in time for the visit of his ex-club Middlesbrough next Sunday.

Robson's immediate task will be to keep the club in the top flight and he is likely to be given money when the transfer window opens in January.

But not anything like the telephone number amounts provided by his chairman at Middlesbrough, Steve Gibson.




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ROBSON'S FAVOURITE AT ALBION

By Lee West


BRYAN ROBSON is the new favourite to replace Gary Megson after West Brom ruled out Glenn Hoddle.

Robson's only rival for the post remains former Southampton manager Gordon Strachan, who held talks with Albion chairman Jeremy Peace yesterday.

But it appears the Scot fancies a bigger club.

Peace had talks with Hoddle, asked about Paul Jewell at Championship leaders Wigan and is determined to explore all avenues.

But Robson remains the strongest contender and could be appointed in time for a reunion with former club Middlesbrough on Sunday.

Robson has been out of work since leaving Bradford at the end of last season and has made it clear he would jump at the chance to return to the club where he first made his name as a player under Ron Atkinson.

He has already had discussions with Peace, who on Saturday said Hoddle had never been a serious contender after preliminary talks last week. Hoddle maintains he quickly decided against resuming his managerial career at Albion.

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From the evening mail


Albion favour Robson Nov 8 2004




By Hyder Jawad


Bryan Robson is today expected to take over as manager of West
Bromwich Albion, ending 13 days of furious speculation since Gary
Megson was relieved of his duties.

Robson, the former Albion midfield player and England captain, became
the favourite for the job over the weekend after Glenn Hoddle, who
was manager of Tottenham Hotspur until last season, was ruled out as
a contender.

Jeremy Peace, the Albion chairman, is likely to make an announcement
tonight confirming that Robson has agreed a contract — probably a two- and-a-half year deal — with a view to keeping the team in the
Premiership and then establishing the club as a top-flight force.

The identity of the new manager will not please every Albion
supporter but at least it will provide a form of closure, allowing
the club to make plans.

The club is also close to agreeing financial terms with Megson,
leaving the former manager free to take up a position with new
employers. He has been linked with the vacant jobs with Wolverhampton
Wanderers and Tottenham Hotspur.

Robson, aged 47, was at Anfield on Saturday watching Birmingham City
defeat Liverpool 1-0 and, when asked about his prospects of moving to
The Hawthorns, he smiled but did not comment.

Peace's answering machine last night alluded to a similar response —
without the smile.

It is understood that Robson has been interviewed twice for the job
and will complete legal formalities at a secret location today. There
is no indication as to who he will employ as his right-hand man,
although Colin Todd, the former England international defender, is
thought to be one candidate.

Robson made his name as a manager with Middlesbrough but, after seven
years in charge, during which he won promotion twice, he left in
2001. He became the Bradford City manager with limited success and a
year ago was offered the vacant position as head coach of the Nigeria
national team.

Robson won 90 caps for England from 1980-90 — 65 of them as captain —
and he played alongside Hoddle in the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.

Albion has been strangely reticent regarding its vacant managerial
position but Peace released a statement over the weekend, confirming
that Hoddle had been ruled out of contention.

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If reports of Bryan Robson's imminent return to football as manager of West Brom are correct, Baggies fans should be afraid, very afraid.

How many more opportunities is Robson to be handed before the game he graced as a player can finally accept he will not replicate that level of success in the dug-out?

True, he is fondly remembered at The Hawthorns, having spent eight years as a professional at the club before joining Manchester United for a then British record fee of Ł1.5m and going on to captain England. But allowing sentiment into the decision-making process when choosing a new manager is historically disastrous - witness Glenn Hoddle's return to Tottenham and Trevor Francis' frustrating time at Birmingham, where he is rightly regarded as the club's finest-ever player.

It is not even as though Robson's past record makes him an attractive proposition. Whether indulging in chequebook management at Middlesbrough or getting by on a shoestring at impoverished Bradford, he has proved himself equally mediocre in both environments. His highlights at Boro were to lead a team boosted by the deep pockets of chairman Steve Gibson to promotion to the Premier League in 1995 and three cup final defeats, two in 1996-97 and one in 1998. However, he also led the team back out of the top flight in 1997 despite fielding a team boasting Fabrizio Ravanelli and Juninho.

They were promoted again in 1998, finished ninth the following season and 12th in 1999-2000. But they were bottom of the table in December 2000 when Gibson decided to bring Terry Venables in to bail out Robson, rather than simply let go a man who had clearly taken the club as far as his capabilities allowed.

Boro failed to sparkle again in 2000-01, winning only nine of their 38 league matches to finish 14th.

Finally, Robson left by mutual consent in June 2001 before returning to Bradford, whom he failed to save from relegation to what is now League One after taking charge in November 2003.

So with these glowing credentials, he is reportedly a serious contender to take over at West Brom.

It is yet more proof that football looks after its own, lives on its past and usually prefers to offer second, third and fourth chances to proven losers rather than give a first chance to someone new, with a fresh outlook on the game.

The problem is not peculiar to England - Lazio coach Mimmo Caso has been sacked by three Serie B clubs before being entrusted to lead the fallen Rome giants, and watching his side's horribly disjointed performance against Middlesbrough at The Riverside Stadium on Thursday it was easy to see why.

Boro have been rewarded for sticking their neck out in appointing Steve McClaren, opting not to take a punt on an out-of-work former manager, who is often unemployed because he was not up to his last job.

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Robson is the new Baggies manager
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ALBION are delighted to announce that Bryan Robson has
been appointed as the club's new manager.

The Baggies legend has signed a 12-month rolling
contract and has installed England Under-20s coach
Nigel Pearson as his assistant.

Hawthorns chairman Jeremy Peace is delighted to
welcome the ex-England captain back to the club where
he started his illustrious playing career.

"The Board has conducted a comprehensive search of the
manager market in the past two weeks," said Peace.

"We've looked at home and abroad and considered
managers with experience of the Premiership and the
Football League, as well as in foreign football, and,
at the end of that process, our first and unanimous
choice is Bryan Robson.

"I'm sure he needs little or no introduction to you -
and certainly not to our fans.

"Bryan was one of our all-time great players before
moving on to enjoy an illustrious career with
Manchester United and England, and then a successful
new career in management with Middlesbrough.

"Bryan has a formidable football pedigree and is
highly respected by key figures in the game.

"Bryan has impressed me with his desire and
motivation, not just to return to Premiership
management, but to be manager of West Bromwich Albion.

"He has a strong affinity with the club and our
supporters and his ambitions to continue the long-term
building process at this Football Club are just as
strong as the Board's.

"Clearly, the first target is to retain our
Premiership status and I feel with Bryan in charge,
supported by Nigel, there will be total commitment and
determination from everyone at the club to achieve
this goal.

"I would like to thank Frank Burrows for his hard work
in the caretaker manager role over the past fortnight
and the rest of the coaching and playing staff, who
have remained fully focused over the past two weeks.

"I would also like to thank the supporters for their
continued support both at home to Chelsea and away at
Southampton.

"I'm sure they will give Bryan their full backing -
starting against Middlesbrough at home on Sunday."

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Well I think on the whole the overall mood amongst Baggies supporters is good.

I think a lot are glad that Bryan will bring football back to the club and wont go around criticising all the players, and fans actually enjoying going to the games once more.

A good game for Robbo to see the calibre of player he has to work with, before we play Arsenal and Man U in quick succession. I'd be happy with 2 points from those fixtures, but I think it maybe only 1.

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Captain Courageous will lead by example
Nov 10 2004
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Former West Bromwich Albion striker Cyrille Regis says Bryan Robson will
be desperate to succeed in the Premiership after his appointment as
manager.

Regis, who used to play alongside Robson at Albion, has followed his
ex-team-mate's managerial career closely.

And Regis says Robson is anxious to prove he can manage in the
top-flight after rumours of a drinking culture at Middlesbrough, and the
indignity of Terry Venables having to bail him out in a relegation
battle, blighted his five-year spell at The Riverside.

Regis said: "I still think there are question marks over Robbo regarding
two factors that have dogged him.

"There was a bit of a perception that there was a drinking culture at
Middlesbrough and secondly when they were struggling they brought in
another coach [Terry Venables].

"From the outside it looked as though Robbo couldn't sort things out
himself and that might have hindered his progress as a manager.

"But the fact is most managers go through tough times and I am sure
Robbo has learned from those lessons.

"I think he'll turn it around at Albion and be even more determined to
prove himself as a Premiership manager.

"History says he got frozen out after being a Premiership manager for
five-and-a-half years at Middlesbrough.

"But I think he'll be able to channel that pain and determination into
making sure Albion are successful - and I sincerely hope he does."

Robson inherits an Albion side languishing 17th in the Premiership, but
Regis believes Robson will inspire his charges and says his reputation
will help attract top players to the club.

Regis added: "I think Robbo have the same affect as Graeme Souness going
to Rangers or Kenny Dalglish going to Blackburn.

"Robbo's an icon in the game and a major, major figure who will help
attract big name players.

"I remember playing with Robbo and he always led by example. He always
had that kind of authority about him and he will be able to attract top
players.

"He'll raise the profile of the club and his brief will be to keep
Albion up and take them from there."

Ron Atkinson, who managed both Robson and Regis at Albion, was even more
complimentary of his former protege.

Atkinson said: "It's the perfect move for Bryan and it's the perfect
move for the club. I'm surprised it's taken him as long as this to get
another job in the top flight.

"Don't forget the job he did at Boro. He did a lot better there than
people say he did.

"But he's the ideal person to come in and do the job that's expected of
him this season and that is to keep Albion up. This season is just a
case of securing survival for Albion and I'm sure he can do that -
especially now Robert Earnshaw's started scoring goals. After that,
let's just wait and see."

Former Albion player Brendon Batson said he hoped Robson's four-year
spell out of the top-flight does not count against him.

Batson said: "Pop [Robson] has been out of the Premiership for a few
years. It has been some time since he managed, and it has changed a bit
since then, but he has come back really eager.

"The fans remember him fondly from his time for Albion, England and even
Manchester United.

"He was known as Captain Courageous and hopefully he will be an
inspiration for Albion. I wish him well - he is a favourite son
returning home."

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Robson is no 'cheque-book manager'
10th November 2004

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace believes it is "a fallacy" that Bryan
Robson should be perceived as a cheque-book manager. And Peace is
confident that the differing experiences of Robson at Middlesbrough and
Bradford City will stand him in good stead.

The new Baggies manager was able to bring in the likes of Fabrizio
Ravanelli, Juninho and Emerson during his seven-year spell with Boro
which ended in 2001.

But, in contrast, he had to contend with financial constraints during a
short tenure at Bradford who were fighting administration.

Peace said: "This conception that Bryan spent a lot of money at
Middlesbrough is actually a bit of a fallacy.

"He spent about Ł15million net over seven years. Bryan spent a lot of
money but he also recouped a lot in terms of players sold or moved on
and players who were improved and sold.

"In terms of trying to balance the books at Middlesbrough and having
worked at Bradford, I think he has a lot of relevant experience that
will be welcome to us - given that we have also tried to run the club in
a sensible way.

"But I would also say that we also supported the manager (Gary Megson)
very fully over the last few years."

Peace is likely to make funds available to Robson to strengthen the
squad during the January transfer window after he has assessed the
strengths and weaknesses currently at his disposal.

He said: "We haven't discussed it in detail and in terms of the January
window we'll let Bryan assess the squad's strengths and weaknesses.

"We will see how he feels it can be improved, and we will look and see
what we can do once he has given us his recommendations."

Peace is now looking to resolve the dispute with Megson, who left Albion
a fortnight ago, in terms of thrashing out a compensation package.

Megson is currently on 'gardening leave' after he parted company with
the club a few hours after announcing he would be quitting when his
contract expires next summer.

Peace said: "Obviously Megson's situation is one that has been
outstanding but we are moving on now with that and hopefully bringing
that to a conclusion so as a club we can move on and Gary can move on."

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