West Bromwich Albion supporters are being put through the ringer on social media as the club are on the hunt for Sam Allardyce’s replacement, but they’ve not had much luck landing their preferred targets and have been forced to turn their attentions elsewhere.
Rob Dorsett of Sky Sports says David Wagner was on their radar, but he’s opted against a move to the Hawthorns after talks with the club hierarchy. The 49-year-old has instead opted for Swiss outfit BSC Young Boys and Peter O’Rourke of Football Insider says Derek McInnes is now a ‘new contender’.
Who is McInnes?
A 49-year-old manager who has taken charge of St Johnstone (2007 – 2011), Bristol City (2011 – 2013) and Aberdeen (2013 – 2021). McInnes won the First Division with St Johnstone in 2008/09 and the Scottish League Cup with Aberdeen in 2013/14.
He played for West Brom between 2000 and 2003, making 100 appearances and scoring six goals, so he knows a bit about the Baggies. But it’s his managerial career that fans will be attracted to.
McInnes has led Aberdeen to second place in the Scottish Premiership on four occasions and has finished 4th in the last three seasons. He’s taken the Dons to three Scottish League Cup finals, winning one, and took them to one Scottish Cup final that they lost.
West Brom could do a lot worse than the 49-year-old, but time will tell how talks go. He’s currently a free agent and has managed in the Championship before, so McInnes might be a good fit.