West Brom’s manager search: New names in the frame and the latest on Labbadia
West Bromwich Albion ‘s hunt for a new manager continues as the club take all the necessary steps to get the right man on board this summer.
Bruno Labbadia, the 53-year-old former Wolfsburg boss, remains a front-runner having already held talks with the club.
But new names are in the frame and technical director Luke Dowling will consider the options before recommending a stand-out candidate.
Ideally, Albion would like to appoint a new boss by the middle of June, giving him enough time to prepare for pre-season training which resumes on June 24.
Signing the correct boss to galvanise the players and rebuild the squad is essential, though, as the Baggies prepare for a summer of change ahead of 2019/20.
Labbadia is a strong contender due to his wealth of knowledge and experience in the Bundesliga.
But Albion have a number of fresh options to consider, and may even opt for a young, forward-thinking boss, looking for his first move into Championship management.
Preston North End’s Alex Neil was previously targeted following Darren Moore’s sacking but when a new contract with significantly-improved terms were offered, he decided to stay at Deepdale.
Middlesbrough’s search for a new boss shouldn’t throw up any complications as they are looking at other targets.
Slavisa Jokanovic, understood to be no longer under consideration at Albion due to his financial demands, remains the favourite to land the Boro job.
And Swansea City – the other club without a manager in the Championship – are weighing up different options, too.