West Brom are pushing to appoint a new first-team manager ahead of next season, and it seems Michael O’Neill has emerged as a possible option for the club.
The Northern Ireland national team boss appears to be a target for the Baggies, with Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett claiming via Twitter that the Championship club want to hold talks with him in the near future.
Twitter: #wbafc keen to talk to Michael O’Neill about Head Coach job, as they narrow down their search. (@RobDorsettSky)
O’Neill has been in charge of his country’s senior side since 2011 and led them to the European Championships in 2016. He has not managed a club since departing Shamrock Rovers to take charge of the Green and White Army.
West Brom will be looking to wrap up their next managerial appointment swiftly having had James Shan in charge on an interim basis until the end of the 2018/19 season following the decision to sack Darren Moore.
The caretaker manager led the Baggies into the play-offs, but they were unsuccessful in their attempts to return to the Premier League after just a season in the Championship.
Despite fighting back to draw level on aggregate after two legs, Villa booked their place in the final against Derby County following a dramatic penalty shootout at The Hawthorns.
Other managers who West Brom could pursue
Hughton was recently sacked by Brighton and Hove Albion. He’d be a solid appointment for the Baggies.
Cowley has done a tremendous job for Lincoln City. It’d be a left-field appointment for West Brom, but one that could potentially see them benefit.
Jokanovic proved at Fulham to be an excellent Championship manager. He’d get West Brom playing good football.
Allardyce has been out of work since being dismissed by Everton last summer. He’d be a safe pair of hands.
Moyes, like Allardyce, has been out of work after being sacked by West Ham last term. He could relish the chance to take over a club like West Brom.
Carvalhal has a wealth of experience in the Championship. He could be a solid appointment if the club recruit well.