Chris Lepkowski claims West Brom should rue a missed opportunity after Albion season-ticket holder Mike O’Leary led the buyout of Ipswich Town.

The League One play-off contenders were officially taken over by an American consortium on Wednesday, with O’Leary assuming the role of club chairman [Sky Sports].

In a series of tweets on his personal profile former Birmingham Mail journalist Lepkowski waxed lyrical about the appointment of a person he has “known for years”.

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Recent events at boardroom level have thrown the future of West Brom into uncertainty, with the Daily Mail reporting in January that owner Guochuan Lai was ‘desperate’ to sell the club.

Lepkowski tweeted: “It’s a good appointment for Ipswich. He’d have been ideal for us. And, yes, he was involved when JP took over. He took over from Wile in a non-salaried CEO role. He was a season ticket holder in the last couple of years too (post JP exit).”

He also labelled him as a “huge asset” in a separate tweet.

Lepkoswki then mooted Aston Villa’s chief executive Christian Purslow as a contender to front a potential Albion takeover. He said: “Purslow a name I think would be considered.”

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Purslow was appointed as CEO of Aston Villa in August 2018 and our Midlands rivals have gone from strength to strength under his leadership.

After dispensing with Steve Bruce as manager in October of that year he secured the services of Dean Smith who masterminded promotion to the Premier League at the first attempt with a 2-1 play-off final victory over Derby County in May, after edging past Albion on penalties in the semi-final.

Under Smith they secured their top-flight status on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign before embarking on an impressive second season that sees them sitting ninth with nine games left to play, with Europe a distinct possibility.

A 7-2 win over current holders Liverpool has been the highlight of a terrific season and much of that has been down to Purslow and the role he has played in transforming their fortunes.

Until he came into the club Villa were rudderless and in danger of becoming a mediocre Championship club but he has revived their Premier League status and they look like they are there to stay now.

A strong figure who has also spent time at Liverpool and Chelsea, he clearly knows English football inside out and would be a welcome addition to the Albion boardroom, despite his current loyalties.

The next decision we make at the top of the club will be vital to our progression and Purslow might just be persuaded to head up what would be a huge challenge to stabilise us as a top-flight club again.

In other West Brom news, £42k/pw Aston Villa ace tipped for Albion move.

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