Next West Brom manager: Man Utd legend favourite as three ex-Bristol City players linked

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The latest on West Brom’s search for a new manager as the list begins to grow on candidates

West Bromwich Albion are on the lookout for a new manager after they parted company with the experienced Steve Bruce.

Bruce’s eight-month reign as Baggies boss was brought to an end with them sitting 22nd in the Championship standings.

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West Brom are now on the search for a new manager and fortunately for them there is no midweek fixture which allows them time to make an appointment.

A trip to Reading on Saturday, October 15 is their next test but should a new man not be at the helm by then, they could take charge of their first match against Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City.

Amongst the early list of candidates, the Robins are well represented with three of their former players amongst the list, with some more experienced than others.

Sean Dyche, sacked by Burnley in May is ranked as the most likely to get the Hawthorn’s hot seat. Dyche, who played for City between 1997 and 1999, made 17 appearances but is more known for his 10 years in charge of the Clarets. As for the early market, he is deemed as third in line for the role, but has previously admitted he would wait for a Premier League job.

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Second to Dyche in the mini battle between ex-City players is the aptly-named Mark Robins. The 52-year-old is the manager of Coventry City at the moment but during his playing days he had a short spell at City.

He was loaned out to the Robins in 2003 from Rotherham United and scored five goals in eight appearances, helping them get to the EFL Trophy final but was recalled before he could play.

Robins is the longest-serving manager in the Championship having been with the Sky Blues since March 2017 which is over five years, and so any departure would be a shock. He is in the top ten for candidates in sixth-place, which is something worth keeping an eye on.

Liam Rosenior has managed before and has even been in the dugout at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)Liam Rosenior has managed before and has even been in the dugout at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Liam Rosenior has managed before and has even been in the dugout at Ashton Gate. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Lower down the pecking order is Liam Rosenior, who is out of work after being axed as Derby County manager. Rosenior began his career with City as a ‘promising midfielder’ and made 28 appearances in his two years at the club, scoring the winning spot-kick in the EFL Trophy final. Rosenior was later snapped up by Premier League outfit Fulham and went on to also play for Reading, Hull City and Brighton & Hove Albion.

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Former Manchester United midfielder Roy Keane - who hasn’t managed since 2011 after leaving Ipswich Town, is amongst one of the front-runners for the role. He is second in an ever-changing market to Chris Wilder, who was relieved of his duties as Middlesbrough manager last week.

Next West Brom manager odds (as per Sky Bet at 11:30)

Chris Wilder - 4/1

Roy Keane - 4/1

Sean Dyche - 6/1

Scott Parker - 8/1

Rob dwards - 12/1

Mark Robins - 14/1

Anthony Barry - 16/1

Carlos Corberan - 16/1

Wayne Rooney - 16/1

Michael Carrick - 18/1

David Wagner - 20/1

Duncan Ferguson - 20/1

Gary Rowett - 20/21

Liam Rosenior - 20/1

*Information right at the time of publication

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