Carlos Carvalhal has established an interest in taking over as the new manager of West Brom, according to a report from The Telegraph.
The Baggies have struggled for form in recent times and, on Saturday evening, opted to sack Darren Moore as they seek fresh leadership ahead of the run-in towards the end of the season.
10 Championship games remain and, with West Brom currently sat in fourth place, the hierarchy is looking to appoint a new first-team boss swiftly.
Slavisa Jokanovic, who was sacked by Fulham earlier on in the season, has held talks with the Baggies’ board, according to the report, but other candidates are under consideration.
The Telegraph states that ex-Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner has been earmarked as an option, while Preston North End manager Alex Neil is also of interest.
However, one person who would be willing to take the reins at The Hawthorns is Carvalhal, who has been out of work since the summer.
The Portuguese tactician was sacked after he failed to keep Swansea City in the Premier League, as Southampton narrowly pipped them to top-flight survival last season.
Although Jokanovic appears to be West Brom’s favoured choice for the job, Carvalhal seems to be waiting in the wings if the Baggies do opt to look elsewhere.
Why Carvalhal would not be a good appointment for West Brom
Premier League failure
Carvalhal may have been put in a difficult situation with Swansea, but he failed to make any real impact. The Swans were generally poor under his management, and he was unable to deliver in his first Premier League venture.
Carvalhal was often maligned at Swansea for his conservative approach. There was often an emphasis on defence before attack, and although West Brom have no trouble scoring goals, they do not need a particularly negative tactical influence.
The likes of Slavisa Jokanovic and David Wagner are far better suits for the job. They have experience of taking Fulham and Huddersfield Town to respective promotions.
They play a better brand of football, are better tacticians and would be upgrades on Moore. Carvalhal, on the other hand, could prove to be a downgrade.
Appointing Carvalhal would be something of a short-term move. It’s hard to see him leading a club into a project, rather steadying the ship.
West Brom must nail this next appointment – not just for the here and now, but for the foreseeable future.