West Brom want Roy Hodgson to take over if Big Sam leaves
West Brom are reportedly keen on Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson taking over the reins at the Hawthorns this summer.
According to The Sun, should Sam Allardyce and the club part ways at the end of the season, Hodgson is understood to be the favourite to replace him.
The Crystal Palace boss’ contract at his club ends next month and he looks unlikely to sign with Frank Lampard already being tipped to take over. [The Daily Telegraph]
There were reports about Hodgson hanging up his boots once his Palace stint was finished, but it looks like he has more left in his tank and could be tempted to take over as Baggies head coach.
The 73-year-old who left nine years ago is likely to have good memories of his time at the club.
In his final season, before taking over the England job, he led the Baggies to their highest ever Premier League finish of 10th.
An experienced campaigner in the Premier League, Hodgson has impressed his peers, most notably Pep Guardiola who’s referred to his drive to manage a football club at 73 as ‘incredible’.
Pep Guardiola on facing Roy Hodgson
🗣"It's incredible to have the patience to be a manager at his age. It's a pleasure and an honour to face him every time" pic.twitter.com/xBtijsQgz6
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) January 17, 2020
Shouldn’t be the best option there
The Roy Hodgson of ten years ago is not the same as the Roy Hodgson of today. The game has evolved drastically over this last decade, and the Palace manager hasn’t quite kept up the pace.
A solid man manager and decent coach in his own right, his style of football and tactics are very similar to Allardyce’s.
If we are to part ways with him, the wiser option would be to go for a younger coach with a proven track record of building teams and getting them out of the dumps.
Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder are two managers that would do a decent job getting us back up to the Premier League and their tactical nous will see this side play good football and entertain the fans at the Hawthorns.
As of now the likeliest scenario is that Allardyce commits to a year in the Championship to help bring us back. He’s worked extremely hard with this side and should be entrusted with the tools to lead us to promotion.
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