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Derek McInnes could be a “popular choice” among West Brom fans if the ex-Aberdeen manager is chosen to replace Sam Allardyce, according to Kevin Phillips.
West Brom News has learned from a source at the Baggies that McInnes, 49, is someone who the club will consider to replace Sam Allardyce should he step down at the end of the season.
Big Sam signed an 18-month deal at The Hawthorns in December but there is a break clause that can be activated at the end of this season and he’s expected to quit if Albion are relegated from the Premier League.
McInnes, who left Aberdeen last month after eight years at the Scottish Premiership club, has now emerged as a candidate to succeed Allardyce at The Hawthorns.
Ex-West Brom striker Phillips believes McInnes’ past ties to the Baggies and his experience in Scotland could make him a good and popular fit in the Black Country.
“McInnes did some good stuff up there [at Aberdeen] but I think he ran his course there and took them as far as he could,” Phillips told West Brom News.
“He’s a manager who won’t cost the Baggies anything – they’ve not got to pay compensation.
“They’ll explore every avenue but he’s got history with the club. I gather he’s well-liked down there so he could be a popular choice with the fans.
“The only thing you would say is, has he got that experience of taking the club out of the Championship with parachute payments when he’s got that big pot there? Has he got that experience?
“That’s the only thing you could say but, nevertheless, he has got experience of management.”
McInnes has experience of managing in the Championship from his spell at Bristol City between 2011 and 2013. However, his time at Ashton Gate was hardly a pleasant one and ended with him being sacked.
At Aberdeen, McInnes led Aberdeen to four consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership as well as the 2013/14 Scottish League Cup.
Since leaving the Dons last month, Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson offered his backing to the former West Brom manager should he need another job.
As quoted by Sky Sports in March, Ferguson said: “Derek is a top-class, experienced manager who still has the energy of youth. He is capable of taking on a big job.
“If I was asked for a reference for him, I would gladly supply it.”