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Albion close to manager shortlist


Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is closing in on a Hawthorns shortlist as the club remain on course to hit next week’s deadline for appointing a new manager.

Former captain Derek McInnes continues to gather popular appeal, as Peace set a target for weekend interviews with a view to having Tony Mowbray’s successor installed by July 1.

McInnes, fresh from a promotion-winning success at St Johnstone in his first full season as a manager, remains one of the big favourites with supporters.

But Albion are also now conducting informal soundings on other ‘interesting’ names to come to light.

McInnes gets a thumbs up from those who remember his contribution to Gary Megson’s Premier League promotion winners.

Defender Neil Clement is the only remaining Albion player who shared pitch-time with the former midfielder.

He said: “No-one at Albion has a bad word to say about him. He is very highly thought of, a class guy and always gives 100 per cent in everything he does. I think he would do a tremendous job.

“He is a diplomat, a clever guy and he has done extremely well in his first managerial job.

“I would like to see him here. I have always got on well with him.

“He is a great ambassador for the club and he would be an inspired appointment.”

Although Albion would need St Johnstone’s agreement to offer McInnes the post, his employers have already admitted they would not stand in his way.

The 10 months he has left on his current contract suggests a compensation figure well short of the £2million the Baggies collected for Mowbray.

Interest in Darren Ferguson at Peterborough, Alan Irvine from Preston and MK Dons’ Roberto Di Matteo is complicated by compensation packages.

Albion want the new man to have a say on player matters, including Bolton’s interest in Paul Robinson.

A £500,000 bid has been rejected, as Albion are demanding twice as much
 

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Derek McInnes
37 years old, Scotland
Teams managed: St. Johnstone [1 season] (won promotion)







Darren Ferguson
37 years old, Scotland
Teams managed: Peterborough United [2 seasons], promoted to Championship.







Paul Ince
41 years old, England
Teams managed: Macclesfield [1 season], Milton KD [1 season], Blackburn







Alan Irvine
50 years old, Scotland
Teams managed: Preston North End [since 2007]



I dont know why I posted the others, perhaps I should'v just mention McInnes :cool:
 

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Paul Ince could be in for another chance. Tough manager who gets respect from his players but really needs an experienced manager next to him as he is lacking experience at a decent level.

Darren Fergusen I am not convinced with to be honest. Does get the best out of his squad while staying a real calm composed figure and his Peterborough side played a decent brand of football but something about me feels he has done so well on the Chairmans money and Barry Fry's scouting and advice.

I think Irvine or Ince are worth a punt. Irvine has done well as Preston and revitalised the squad while Ince has potential. McInnes isn't ready for a job like this.
 

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Baggies fans want Posh boss

Peterborough United manager, Darren Ferguson, is man the majority of Albion fans want to succeed Tony Mowbray as the next Baggies boss.

In a recent website poll Ferguson gained 33.8% of the votes with former West Ham and Charlton boss, Alan Curbishley, closely behind in second place recording 27.2% of votes cast.

Former Albion captain, and the bookies’ favourite, Derek McInnes, surprisingly came in third position only registering 16.2% - less than half of Ferguson’s total.

Albion chairman, Jeremy Peace, is still supposedly sifting through applications with interviews set to take place over the weekend.
 

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Paul Ince could be in for another chance. Tough manager who gets respect from his players but really needs an experienced manager next to him as he is lacking experience at a decent level.

Darren Fergusen I am not convinced with to be honest. Does get the best out of his squad while staying a real calm composed figure and his Peterborough side played a decent brand of football but something about me feels he has done so well on the Chairmans money and Barry Fry's scouting and advice.

I think Irvine or Ince are worth a punt. Irvine has done well as Preston and revitalised the squad while Ince has potential. McInnes isn't ready for a job like this.




McInnes has a slight advantage over other candidates as he was WBA player and is very popular around, while Ince is the opposite, despite beeing more experinced than McInnes he was a Wolves captain and is the least favorite to take the job IMO (take a look at pic size I posted :tongue:)

WBA got relegated but still this open style football keept fans happy, whoever takes over the team must continue with the same philosophy.
 

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- Dave Jones staying at Cardiff City, insists Peter Ridsdale

- McInnes plays down West Brom link

- Hands off Irvine, Preston tell West Brom


....all in same day ! :groan:

So this leaves the board go after Ferguson.
 

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Surprised your board hasn't gone for someone like Gordan Strachan, Paul Jewel or even Lawrie Sanchez, managers with more experience and who are free from contract.

Yes... Paul Jewel, Coppell and Curbishley were mentioned earlier, I have no idea why there were no further negotiations, perhaps Peace trusts the job to young ambitious managers who never failed previously.
 

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New boss to be revealed today


West Bromwich Albion will reveal the identity of their new manager this afternoon, according to sources linked with the club. Manager-less Baggies began the search for a new boss after Tony Mowbray's departure to Celtic nearly a fortnight ago. But the period of unrest is due to be ended later today as the club are expected to reveal Alan Irvine as Mowbray's replacement. Albion first expressed an interest in the Preston North End boss a week ago. Despite the hands off statement issued by the Championship side, who made the play offs last season, Jeremy Peace has been undeterred in his quest to secure his services.

According to sources this morning, Irvine will officially be named the new boss of West Bromwich Albion later on today, after it is believed a deal between the two clubs has been reached. It is believed that a sum of £1 million has been agreed - a compensation payment which Preston will want up front. It is likely however that Peace will look to stagger the payment, leaving some dependant on performance and achievement.
 

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Di Matteo is new Albion boss


Roberto Di Matteo will become the new manager of West Bromwich Albion following a dramatic last-minute twist in the battle for the Hawthorns vacancy.

The former Italy international and Chelsea star, fresh from a debut season in English management with Milton Keynes Dons, pipped bookies favourite Alan Irvine in a shock appointment.

Preston boss Irvine had been the front runner to land the post, made vacant by Tony Mowbray’s decision to go to Celtic and spoke with Albion chairman Jeremy Peace and his directors over the weekend.

But the Hawthorns hierarchy had their minds changed at the last minute, when Di Matteo made a huge impression at his interview.

He convinced the Albion board he was the man to take the club forward again after the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League.

Di Matteo, whose six-figure compensation pack-age from MK Dons has already been sorted out by Albion, was agreeing the fine detail of his personal terms today before the club made a formal announcement.

The 39-year-old is expected to be at Albion’s training ground tomorrow to greet players as they return for pre-season training.

Di Matteo found fame with top Italian club Lazio and then at Chelsea for whom he scored the winning goal against Aston Villa in the last FA Cup final at the old Wembley in 2000.

He was appointed MK Dons boss a year ago after Paul Ince left to join Blackburn Rovers.

Former Chelsea colleague Eddie Newton, his assistant with the Dons, will join him at The Hawthorns.
 

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Di Matteo’s pledge of Italian flair




Roberto Di Matteo began life as Albion’s new head coach with a pledge of hard work and stylish football.

The former MK Dons boss met with the players for the first time as they arrived for pre-season training at Albion’s training ground.

The former Italian international, who has agreed a one-year rolling contract after pipping Preston’s Alan Irvine to the post, will give a full media briefing tomorrow.

But he broke off from his first-day duties to say: “I’m very grateful to MK Dons and the chairman for letting me go to take up this opportunity.

“The chairman had to be brave last season to give me a chance. It worked out well for both of us.

“Now, I’m very much looking forward to taking the next step with West Bromwich Albion.

“I’m very happy to be here, it’s a great club. I know there was a disappointment last season, but I think there is potential to do very well here.

“Me and my staff can’t wait to start and get to work with the players, then hopefully be successful here.

“My philosophy is to play successful and winning football. We have our view on how we would like to achieve that success.

“That’s a positive style of football and we’ll try to apply that to the Baggies this season.”

Di Matteo is bringing with him his back up team in assistant Eddie Newton and fitness coach Ade Mafe.

He added: “Ade has 13 years of experience as a fitness coach in the Premier League and Championship.

“I’ve known him for a similar period. He’s very knowledgeable and is a good person to have around.

“Eddie Newton has played at the highest level and has done a lot of coaching. He shares the same philosophy about football as I do.

“All three of us are very hard-working people - that’s what you’re going to get from us.

“I understand expectations are very high. There is a very good team here and we will try our best to go back up again.” A
 

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same here

but like Ince, he's apparently done well. Hope he ends up doing better than the guvnor though
 

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He gave green light to transfer Simon Cox which makes fans happy for the start :thumbsup: and promised he will stay true to WBA's tradition of attacking football.
 

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Roberto Di Matteo did well at Mk Dons and really created a side playing good football very quickly. Hopefully he improves as he is very inexperienced although him and Eddie Newton were a good team last year as Newton provided that motivation and passion from the bench.

Ade Mafe is a great fitness coach and I was massively impressed with him when at Millwall. We had the least injury problems we had for years when he was there.
 
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