West Brom’s hunt for a new manager is ongoing, and according to a report from The Mirror, former Stoke City boss Gary Rowett is among the candidates under consideration.
The Baggies decided to relieve Darren Moore of his duties after their 1-1 home draw against Ipswich Town on Saturday.
They currently sit in fourth place on the Championship table and appear set for a finish in the play-offs, but it seems the club’s hierarchy is seeking fresh leadership for the run-in towards the end of the season.
Slavisa Jokanovic is understood to be the Baggies’ first choice to replace Moore at the helm, but other alternatives are being identified, according to The Mirror.
Former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner and ex-Swansea City manager Carlos Carvalhal are noted as potential options, but Rowett has also emerged as a possible candidate for the role.
After previously boasting a reputation for being a promising English manager, the 45-year-old was sacked by Stoke City earlier on in the current campaign.
The Potters dismissed Rowett despite taking over only in May following the club’s relegation down to the Premier League.
He was axed with Stoke sat in 14th place, but appears to be in contention for the role at The Hawthorns as West Brom consider all of the options in front of them.
Why West Brom should appoint Jokanovic instead of Rowett
Jokanovic’s brand of football was excellent with Fulham in the Championship. Rowett, meanwhile, was maligned for his negative approach at Stoke, and certainly wouldn’t produce eye-catching performances with West Brom’s squad.
Jokanovic knows exactly what it takes to lift a club up to the Premier League following his exploits with Fulham. Rowett, meanwhile, has struggled to help his sides find any sort of consistency in the Championship.
Point to prove
Jokanovic will feel hard done by following his sacking at Fulham last year. He’ll be desperate to prove that he has what it takes to not only bring a team up to the Premier League but to stay there, too.
Stoke City’s dressing room did not appear to be a happy place under Rowett’s management. They were not cohesive, and this should be alarming for West Brom. Jokanovic, on the other hand, created a Fulham side that boasted immense chemistry in the Championship.